Roger Verdesi

Roger C. Verdesi, 79, a 40 year resident of Beacon, died on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at home. Born on March 28, 1932 in New York City, he was the son of the Rev. Gustavo and Sofia Fivaz Verdesi. Roger served in the US Army Signal Corps. On September 12, 1959 he married Barbara Howie at the Tremont Presbyterian Church in the Bronx, New York.
Roger was a graduate of City College of New York, Guilmont Organ School, and the School of Sacred Music, Union Theological Seminary. He taught music at the City College for 34 years and was organist and choirmaster at Kingsbridge Lutheran and at Fourth Presbyterian Churches in the Bronx. After moving to Beacon he gave piano lessons to a generation of children and adults in the Beacon area. He also took great pleasure in occasionally playing for services at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Tavern, where he served as an elder. Roger also composed music for the church-anthems and organ music-which was often based on Biblical texts.
Roger is survived by his wife of 52 years, and two sons, Christopher of Ossining and Peter (Raquel Moller) of Beacon. His grandchildren, Nicole, Hannah, Liam, and Ryan, were the great joy of his life. He is also survived by his brother, the Rev. Ariel Verdesi and his sister, Claire Limmer.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Tavern, December 3, 2011, at 11:00 am.
Donations in Roger’s memory may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or to the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.
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Arrangements are under the direction of Libby Funeral Home, Inc. 55 Teller Ave. Beacon, NY 12508

Date Of Service
Saturday December 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

Location Of Service
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rock Tavern

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  1. Bill Metzger says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences and I’m sorry my son never got the chance to take piano lessons from your father, I hear he was a great instructor.
    Best wishes,

  2. Richard Meditz says:

    I was a student of Prof. Verdesi at C.C.N.Y. He was truly a wonderful man and musician. He was very supportive and brought my composition assignments to Prof. Persky, who taught comp. at the time. It would eventually lead to me studying composition with David DelTredici at C.C.N.Y. I’d been thinking about him recently and didn’t know why. I’m watching the ‘Godfather’ saga now and remember fondly him referring to the movie in terms of adding red wine to tomato sauce. Something prompted me to Google his name and I came upon his obituary. I was also one of the lucky students who was invited to his home in Beacon for dinner. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace. Grazie Prof. Verdesi!

  3. Michael Fontana says:

    To the entire Verdesi family,

    I first want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Prof. Verdesi. I had the great fortune to study with him at CCNY as an undergraduate student. With our common Italian heritage, he and I developed a close relationship, so much so that Roger played the organ at my wedding 28 years ago. I will miss him a great deal. He taught me much about music, but more importantly, he taught me much about life. Thank you Prof. Verdesi, you were a great man! Rest well in the arms of the Good Shepherd.

    With gratitude,

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