Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Peter "Pete" S. Peligian - Jazz Clarinetist - Dead at 91

Peter Sarkis Peligian, whom George A. Borgman wrote a preliminary story on years ago, which can be read HERE, died at Epoch Assisted Living in Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, May 18, 2015 at the age of 91. 

Pete was born in Providence, Rhode Island on March 20, 1924, to Sarkis and Vartini (Bourgoujian) Peligian. He graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. 

He served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army infantry during World War II. In January 1951 he married Rose Aykanian.

He worked at the was the American Universal Insurance Company, and later was the Assistant Director in the Department of Planning and Urban Development.

Pete who played both the clarinet and piano, was a longtime member of the Federation of Musicians. He performed everywhere in the Providence, New York and Boston areas. He was the last member of  the “Tony Tomasso and the Jewels of Dixie” jazz band.

The Boyle & Son Funeral Home  reported that, "Peter leaves behind his three children, Peter Peligian and Eva Peligian, of Florida, David Peligian, of Rhode Island; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren; two siblings, Boghos Peligian and Rose Derderian, both of Massachusetts. 

His funeral will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:45 am, from the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, 331 Smith Street, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, in Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 402 Broadway, Providence. Interment with military honors will be in Swan Point Cemetery, 585 Blackstone Boulevard, Providence. Visiting hours, Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter’s memory can be made to Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church, 402 Broadway, Providence, RI 02909." 

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