Conservatory. Wherever she went, Evelyn brought excellence and seemed to always create magic with the musicians she led. She accepted an invitation to be music director at First Presbyterian Church of Cranford and served for many years in what would be her final calling as a full-time church musician. When she retired, she continued to teach voice privately and was active in the musi- cal life in and around Westfield and Kennebunk, Me. She had a special way with people, and could generate love, passion, and excitement for the music with her leadership and conducting. Evelyn Bleeke touched the lives of thousands of people through the years. She was loved by many. Her excitement, passion, and love of music will live on in the hearts and voices of family and countless friends.

Eleanor Borski King Eleanor (nee Borski) King, 84, of Paramus, formerly of Has-

brouck Heights, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017. Elea- nor worked for the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education as a Music Teacher until marrying her husband back in the 60s.

Claire F. Buckley McGurr Claire F. (Buckley) McGurr, a longtime resident of Teaneck, Dominick J. Ferrara III Dominick J. Ferrara III, director of music education at

Secaucus public schools and founding director of Garden State Concert Band, devoted time to countless organizations in the Bloomfield community Dominick J. Ferrara III “The Chief,” of Bloomfield, N.J., entered into eternal life on Feb. 13, 2017. He was 78. Dominick was the son of the late Dominick J. Ferrara Jr., a World War II veteran, and Grace Tedesco. He was born in New- ark, NJ., and was a graduate of Barringer High School. He gradu- ated from both Montclair State University with Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and New York University with a Master of Arts Degree, also in Music Education. He furthered his studies in Educational Administration at Seton Hall University. Dominick began his career in music education as the founder of the public school music program in the Secaucus Public Schools, where he served as the director of music education and taught music for 35 years. Dominick served in the 50th Armored Division Band of the New Jersey Army National Guard for 22 years and was bandmaster for much of that time. He retired from the National Guard in 1978 as a chief warrant officer III. Dominick moved to Bloomfield in 1975, where he had been an active member of the community through countless organizations. He was named the Citizen of the Year by the Township of Bloomfield in 2000; was the conductor of the Bloomfield Civic Band for over 43 years; was the founding director of the Garden State Concert Band in 1979; and served in the following capacities: past president of the Bloomfield Federation of Music and past president of Bloomfield UNICO. He was named 2008 Unican of the Year and served on the Christopher Columbus Day Parade Committee, Oakside Cultural Commission, Arts Council of Essex, and was an Eucha- ristic minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.

New Jersey, passed away at Cedar Crest Nursing Home in Pomp- ton Plains, New Jersey on March 9, 2017 following a period of declining health. She was 81 years old. Born to Mary (Gannon) and John Buckley, Claire was raised in Teaneck, NJ. She gradu- ated from the University of Rochester with a major in music. She then worked in the Teaneck elementary school system as a mu- sic teacher. Through the years Claire remained active in Teaneck participating in Scouting and Little League as well as attending numerous sporting events for her 5 children.

Theodore Melyan

Theodore Melyan, 99, of Dunmore, Pennsylvania died Fri- day in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was a decorated veteran of World War II, a world famous composer and musician, and for more than 30 years, a music teacher in the Clifton public schools and an inspiration to generations of students and musicians.


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