A tribute to Marvin Pakman

Volume 124, No. 4April, 2024

Marvin Pakman, 95, who played accordion, piano and Cordovox, died on Sept. 19, 2023. He had been a Local 802 member for 75 years, since 1948.

Born in Trenton, Mr. Pakman earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Trenton State College.  He owned and operated a small jewelry store in Princeton before returning to Trenton, where he taught music in the Trenton Public School system for 20 years before retiring.  He also performed professional gigs as a club date musician. He produced two recordings of his own arrangements with his daughter Jill singing lead vocals.

Mr. Pakman served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.

He became a widower in 1993 when his beloved wife, Leatrice (“Tootsie”) to whom he was married for 37 years, succumbed to cancer. He is survived by his daughter Jill, nephew Kenneth, niece Shelley, many cousins, and cherished family friends.

In 2016, Mr. Pakman’s daughter Jill wrote an extensive tribute to her father, with many biographical details, family stories and personal anecdotes, which was published in the November 2016 issue of Allegro.

Memorial contributions are respectfully requested to be made to West Virginia University School of Music ( Tributes can be left on Mr. Pakman’s obituary page at Orland’s Memorial Chapel.