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Alphonse C. Piermarini of Leominster, musician, WWll Vet; 91 LEOMINSTER -- Alphonse C. Piermarini, 91, of Leominster, passed away on Wed., April 29, 2015, at Apple Valley Center in Ayer, MA. Born in Leominster, Al was the son of Clito F. and Lucy (Tocci) Piermarini. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1942. A lifelong musician, he was the co-composer of the Leominster High School Alma Mater with his friend and classmate, Robert Cormier. After high school, he volunteered for service in WWII, serving in the Army Air Corps. He married Rita M. Brosseau in 1946, who was the love of his life for 51 years until her death in 1997. After the war, he joined his uncles in business at Plastic Academy in Leominster, which eventually became Tucker Housewares, serving as plant manager and later credit manager until his retirement in the 1980s. An accomplished pianist, Al's 83 year-long music career began as a tap dancer and accordionist. In high school, he joined the Frankie Dee Orchestra, with whom he would tour, record and perform for many years. Later, he formed the Al Pier Quartet, which performed locally until 2010, his specialty being strolling through the audience with his accordion, singing their special requests. Other area ensembles which benefited from his sublime musicianship were Group 70, the Joint Venture Orchestra, the Stardusters, and the Leominster Colonial Band. He especially enjoyed sharing his talents with his children, who all enjoyed his expert accompaniment. Al was a longtime member of the Leominster Lodge of Elks, where he served as organist and directed the choral group which made numerous visits to entertain at local nursing homes. He was a life member of Local 173 of the American Federation of Musicians, past president of the Leominster High School Band Boosters, former chairman of the Leominster Chamber of Commerce and formerly served on the Leominster Hospital Board of Trustees. His friends and family will always fondly remember carefree summer days spent at the family cottage on Spec Pond, where impromptu concerts and sing-alongs would invariably break out. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his son, Ally Piermarini, Jr.; his sister Mary DePasquale and brother, Paul P. Piermarini, Sr. Al is survived by his daughter, Norma Jean Marshall and her husband, Robert Marshall of Lancaster; sons, Martin Piermarini and his wife, Victoria Marrama, Carl Piermarini and his wife, Tina, all of Leominster, and son, Steven Piermarini and his wife Judy of Acton; his brother, Clito F. Piermarini, Jr. and his wife, Cherol of Las Vegas, NV, nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves his dear friend, Claire Trainque of Fitchburg, and his daughter-in-law, Chris Piermarini of Leominster. Al was a communicant of St. Anna's Church in Leominster, where he also served as organist many years ago. PIERMARINI -- The funeral will be held from Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Monday, May 4, 2015 with a Mass at 10:00 am in Saint Anna's Church in Leominster. Burial will follow in Saint Leo's Cemetery. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, May 3, from 3-5 pm in the funeral home. It was Al's wish, that flowers be omitted in favor of memorial donations to either Leominster Access Television, 435 Lancaster St., Suite 210, Leominster, MA, 01453, or the Leominster Colonial Band, 193 North Main St., Leominster, MA 01453.
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Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on May 1, 2015
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