Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Obituary #2

The 1885 Boston Directory places George Suck at the corner of Lamartine and Oakdale streets. In 1872 and 1875 he was at Old Harbor in Boston. Still earlier, the 1865 book puts him on Tremont street. That puts him in Jamaica Plain fairly late in life, but he had family there as well, so we'll claim his for JP.

Boston Daily Globe October 31, 1897

George F. Suck Dead.

One of the Leading Violinists of Boston in the Sixties.

The death of George Fred Suck occurred at his home on Lamartine pl, Jamaica Plain yesterday. Mr Suck, who was one of the best-known musicians of the city, was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1820. He lived in that country until 1850, when he came to the United States. While here he became famous as a violinist, and was director of the orchestra in the opera house.

Overwork caused him to take a sea voyage to this country. Landing in Boston, he remained long enough to find employment. He found so much to do that he made up his mind to live here. This was the year that Jenny Lind was in Boston. Mr Suck played all the concerts given by her.

He also gave concerts before the Harvard society. In 63 and 64 he was director of the orchestra at the Boston Theater, then under the management of Wyzeman Marshall. When the New England conservatory of music was opened he was one of the first instructors under Eben Tourgee.

He leaves three brothers and three sisters. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Arthur P. Schmidt, 21 Pond st, Jamaica Plain.

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