Peppino Pasquale Melfi

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  • Name Peppino Pasquale Melfi 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I1501  Stewartsnydotcom
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 

    Family Elma Lenora Grahrar 
    Children 
    Married: 2x1. Robert Bertie Melfi,   b. 6 Jan 1896, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1970  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F451  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1895-Sunday Herald, Syracuse, NY--
      Miss Elma L. Gahrar of Brooklyn and
      Dr. P. Melfi of this city were married
      at the residence of the bride's father.
      Dr. R. Gahrar, in Brooklyn. The Rev.
      Dr. Oswald officiated. After a wedding
      Journey, Doctor and Mrs. Melfi will be
      at home after June 20th at the Greyhound
      building in this city. (Married June 10, 1895)

      Obituary--Syracuse Journal, 17 April 1917
      (with half-tone picture shown here) --
      MUSICIAN, PHYSICIAN, TEACHER,
      LINGUIST, SUCCUMBED TO-DAY
      Dr. Peppino Melfi of the Greyhound
      Apartments, 149 James, physician,
      flute virtuoso and teacher, died this
      morning at the Hospital of the Good
      Shepherd following an illness of about
      a year. He suffered from kidney
      trouble which developed heart dis-
      ease. He was a patient at the hos-
      pital for two weeks six weeks ago and
      had been at the Institution an equal
      period when he died.
      Dr. Melfi was born in Italy 57 years
      ago. At the age of seven he began
      the study of the flute and had played
      and taught that instrument almost
      continuously ever since. Before com-
      ing to America when a young man, he
      played in nearly every European coun-
      try. He held the distinction of play-
      ing flutes made by Boehm himself.
      After reaching this country
      he played for a time in various Eastern
      cities and shortly settled in Syracuse.
      He entered the College of Medicine,
      Syracuse University, and was gradu-
      ated in the early 80's, with the de-
      gree of M. D. For a time thereafter
      he taught Italian and French on the
      Hill, combining this avocation with
      the playing and teaching of the flute
      and the practice of medicine. He was
      a linguist of note, speaking five lan-
      guages.
      Dr. Melfi had a natural fascination
      for music and this pursuit eventually
      won him. He devoted only a part of
      his time to the medical practice, while
      numbering among his pupils on the
      flute children of the wealthiest fami-
      lies in Syracuse. His followings were
      diversified. Besides playing and teach-
      ing the flute he played various other
      instruments and also taught the harp
      for a number of years.
      He was a member of the Musicians
      Union and for many years played in
      various theater orchestras. His last
      position of this kind was with the
      Strand orchestra, where he played
      until his illness a year ago. For many
      years he conducted his office in the
      Grand Opera House Block, but for
      the last several years had been located
      in the Greyhound Apartments.
      Dr. Melfi was married in this city
      in 1896 to Elma Gahar, daughter of
      the late Dr. Robert Gahar, at one
      time a prominent practitioner of
      Brooklyn. She survives him, besides
      two sons, Robert and Joseph Melfi.
      Aside from the Musicians Union, Dr.
      Melfi was a member of the Syracuse
      Medical Association and the Royal
      Arcanum. The funeral will probably
      take place Thursday.
      The funeral will be held from the
      undertaking rooms of Meagher & Cody
      Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial
      will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.