John Joseph Domurad


John Joseph Domurad -Of Essex, MA. September 27, 1931 – October 6, 2017. Songwriter, composer, pianist.  Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Domurad lived most of his life in Boston, with periods immersed in the music industry in Nashville, TN and Los Angeles, CA. He retired to Essex, MA in 2005. Mr. Domurad is preceded in death by his parents Irene (Plefka) Domurad and John J. Domurad Sr., son Giles Domurad, and daughter-in-law Joan Domurad. Mr. Domurad is survived by his wife Emily, his former wife Margaret (Mansfield), her & Mr. Domurad’s son John M. Domurad and daughter Margaret (Domurad) Dahl, son-in-law Dr. Edward Dahl, grandsons Michael Domurad, Chad Terry and John Terry, and great-grandchildren Zachary, Owen, Gwendolyn and Charlotte, and former son-in-law Paul Seier. Mr. Domurad’s musical career began in childhood. He explained, “I fell in love with music around four years old when my mother would sit at the upright piano in our living room and play one-finger melodies.” When not playing the piano – prolifically from his teens-on, in typical clubs in Boston & New York City, and on Caribbean cruise ships – Mr. Domurad was writing songs, and composing scores. He led various bands and orchestras throughout his career; and played piano for his children’s school plays and dance recitals. His New Boston Suite, celebrating the building of The Prudential Center, was auditioned by Arthur Fiedler. In New York, Nashville and Hollywood his music and songs were recorded by legendary artists including Glen Campbell, Eddie Arnold, Wayne Newton, Al Martino, Anne Murray and Burl Ives. In Canada his song Montreal, written with collaborator & lifelong friend Tip Burton, was recorded by Canada’s singing star Jean Roger as one of the themes for the 1967 World’s Fair. A lover and aficionado of ‘The American Songbook’, Mr. Domurad’s professional career culminated as house pianist at The Ritz-Carlton Boston on Arlington Street. From the grand piano, with his back to the Public Garden, he delighted patrons and guests with his renditions of their favorite songs; most notably, an impromptu mid-1980’s late evening encounter with Vladimir Horowitz. Of that experience he shared, “so that’s how a high school basketball player feels meeting Larry Bird!” A low-handicap golfer into his 40’s, as recently as 2016 Mr. Domurad enjoyed golfing — a few holes here and there — with family. A Masonic Brother and Former Worshipful Master, Mr. Domurad was a Master Mason for 34 years; initiated into the Euclid Daylight Lodge in Boston in 1983. Upon retirement to Essex, MA in 2005, he joined the Manchester(by-the-Sea) Lodge as their organist. While a prolific reader of varied genre, up to the week of his passing Mr. Domurad worked online and in his home studio exploring music. Interment will be private. A Memorial Service for Mr. Domurad will occur at a later date still to be determined, and will be updated here. Arrangements and care are provided by the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading, MA.  Donations in Mr. Domurad’s memory or honor can be made to either either The Shriners Hospitals for Children  Boston and/or The American Heart Association and/or The American Cancer Society


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