Musical memorial service set for Robert S. Tellalian

A musical memorial service for lawyer and community leader Robert S. Tellalian will take place Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the 1,100-seat United Congregational Church, 877 Park Avenue (at the corner of State Street) in Bridgeport. The service will be open to the public.

Mr. Tellalian died at his Stratford home on Christmas, Dec. 25, 2012, just a few weeks following the death of his wife, Jean Hamilton Tellalian. He was 91.

Known throughout his life as a choral singer and supporter of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Mr. Tellalian will be memorialized by more than 75 GBS musicians and chorale singers from around the state. All are volunteering their time. 

An event spokesman, John Polo (a GBS board member) said that Mr. Tellalian’s long and rich life will be celebrated with several masterworks from Mendelssohn, Brahms and Rutter as well as with pieces on pipe organ by Dr. John Michniewicz, the church’s director of music.

Mr. Tellalian was predeceased by his older brother, Judge Aram Tellalian, with whom he was partner for more than 50 years in the downtown Bridgeport law firm of Tellalian & Tellalian. The firm moved to Trumbull a few years ago.

Mr. Tellalian served on numerous committees and boards, most notably as chairman of GBS since the mid-1990s and a leader of Goodwill of Western & Northern Connecticut (portraying Santa for 54 years at parties for the disabled and impoverished children).

Prior to his passing, Mr. Tellalian asked that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions benefit the organizations that he loved:

Greater Bridgeport Symphony,
446 University Avenue,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Goodwill Industries,
165 Ocean Terrace,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

United Congregational Church,
Special Music Fund,
877 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604

 For a full obituary, written by Phyllis Boros:

For an OP-ED tribute, written by Dave Keyes, in Sunday’s paper, 12/30/12 :


Phyllis Boros