Edward Philip Diemente
Edward Diemente, composer and long-time Hartford resident passed away on Saturday, December 29th. He was born in Cranston, RI and spent his early years in New Britain, CT. He attended Boston University for two years and then enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and was trained as an aerial gunner. Upon discharge in 1946, Edward continued his education at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford and received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1948. After completing his Master's degree in music composition at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Edward was appointed to the faculty of the Hartt School in 1949. During the next 40 years, he served as Chairman of the Composition and Theory Department, Director of the Institute for Contemporary American Music, and Director of the Electronic Music Studio. When he attained the rank of Professor, the Hartt School had become part of the University of Hartford. Honors Edward received over the years included the Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Hartt Teacher of the Year, and Member of the Inaugural Class of the Hartt School Hall of Fame, the last in 2017.Throughout the U.S. and internationally, major artists have performed Edward's orchestral, chamber, choral, and electronic works. The Hartford Symphony, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the New York Brass Quintet and other groups, premiered and presented his compositions. For 13 years, Edward also served as the organist and music director at the Cathedral of St. Joseph where he composed and arranged much of the music supporting the liturgy.Eleanor Marchesseault Diemente (1925-2010) was his beloved wife of more than 60 years. Children include Deborah Diemente of Easthampton, MA, Eric Diemente and his wife Carolyn of Wesley, AR, Judith Hamilton and her husband Robert of Chester, CT and Palm City, FL, Greta D. Sibley and her husband Daniel Kelm of Easthampton, MA and Sarah Flint and her husband Brian of Fernandina Beach, FL. Daniel Diemente, Tara Lewis, Morgan Boes, Francis and Lyndsey Hamilton, Emily and Carmen Flint are his seven grandchildren. Cade Lewis and Owen Diemente are his two great grandchildren.Those who wish to honor Edward may donate to his scholarship fund for composition students at Hartt College, University of Hartford by check or online. By check: made payable to the University of Hartford, with Edward Diemente Scholarship Fund written in the memo line and sent to this address: Office of Institutional Advancement, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117. Online donations can be made on Hartt's online giving page here: https://www.anchoronline.org/advancement-services/hartt-school/donate Donors should select "Other" in the Designation Box and then a new box will appear where they can write in Edward Diemente Scholarship FundA funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on January 19 at Church of Saint Peter Claver, West Hartford. Reception follows.
Published by Hartford Courant on Jan. 6, 2019.
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Ed was my first conductor and inspiration when I started in music as a boy Soprano in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph four part male choir. It was his inspiration that started me on to a career as a music educator. I am who I am because of Ed. Last saw him at his 90th Birthday celebration at Hartt and I am so glad I had the opportunity to thank him. I know I am but one of many who got their starts under Ed's tutelage. Thanks again Ed. You are missed!!

Michael Adam-Kearns
Michael Adam-Kearns
March 4, 2020
I had the pleasure of knowing Ed as my Electronics Music professor (1970's) and then as a colleague at UHartford. Despite the overwhelming pace of technology growth, Ed embraced these changes and applied them to his fantastic repertoire of delightful compositions. As a winner of the Larsen Award for Teaching Excellence (the University's highest) Ed made an indelible, positive impression on so many students, including me. Peace to you, my friend.
Bob Celmer
January 12, 2019
Su and I find it hard to find enough adjectives to describe this fine, kind and generous man. My wonderful colleague for many years, I have had the pleasure of performing his music and dining with him and Ellie in their home, where we had the most wonderful intellectual discussions. His children have been so blessed to have been reared by this outstanding couple, where love and support was always so evident. There is no doubt that the world is less well off with Ed's absence. But he will always rest in our hearts.
Myron Schwager
January 11, 2019
Few lives are as accomplished as yours. Rest in peace, my old friend.
Chuck Riccardo
January 11, 2019
Jennifer Olson
January 8, 2019
On behalf of President and Head of School, Christian Cashman, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of Edward Diemente. Ed, along with his children Deborah Diemente '68, Eric Diemente '70 and Greta Diemente Sibley '75, is a valued member of the Northwest Catholic community, so we mourn his loss along with all who love him. Please know that we will remember Ed and his entire family in a special way at our next school-wide Mass. We are very sorry for your loss. ~ Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, Northwest Catholic High School.
Jane Leary
January 8, 2019
A delightful man with a wonderful sense of humor. It's been many years since I last saw Ed but remember him fondly from Hartt College of Music.
Jacqueline Bentley Roberts
January 7, 2019
Monica Pomeroy Memorial United Methodist
January 7, 2019
Uncle Ed was a remarkable man, husband and father. He leaves a truly important legacy as a musician, composer and, perhaps most importantly, teacher. He and Aunt Eleanor always welcomed us to their home and never failed to share their love, laughter, wonderful stories and a place for all at the table. As the last of his generation, he added greatly to the fabric and texture of the Diemente and Marchesseault families. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere sympathy to all of Uncle Ed's children and grandchildren.
Guy and Leslie Marchesseault
January 6, 2019
I first got to know Uncle Ed when I was a high school freshman at St. Thomas in Bloomfield in 1959. He and Aunt El came to rescue me several times over the next 6 years taking me into their nearby home and making me feel a part of their young family. I shall never forget their kindness and love. Marie and I extend our deepest sympathy to his entire family. Despite the pain of loss, you all must be bursting with pride.
David Marchesseault
January 6, 2019
This is a great loss to all who knew and loved Uncle Ed.
Marie & David Marchesseault
January 6, 2019
Dear Sarah,So sorry to hear about your dad. His passing is a reminder of the limited time we all have above the earth. Our prayers and our thoughts are with you and your family in the hopes that your dad is no longer in pain and resting in a better place.David
David & Roberta Shack
January 6, 2019
Uncle Ed was a wonderful man. Always so kind and gentle. His legacy will live on in his music forever and in our hearts always. May you all find comfort in your many memories, and the thought that he is again with his greatest love, Aunt El.
Paula and Bob Herr
January 6, 2019
To Uncle Ed's family,
Please know that we are thinking of you all at this sad time as we wish you comfort and peace as you cherish the memories you shared with your amazing father. With our deepest sympathy,
John & Elaine
John & Elaine Marchesseault
January 6, 2019
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