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M. Stanley Segal

(May 15, 1925 - August 17, 2013)



M Stanley Segal died Saturday, August 17th, 3 months after his 88th birthday. Born in Duluth on May 15th, 1925, he was the only child of Harry A. Segal and Sarah Weinberg Segal.


His first love was music. He was an accomplished jazz pianist. After graduating from Central High School, he traveled around the country playing gigs until the Army found him and sent him to Europe to fight in WWII. When it was discovered that he was a musician, he was transferred to the U.S.O. and spent the rest of his service entertaining the troops with the likes of Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, and others.


After the Army, he returned to Duluth and finished his education, graduating from the University of MN. In 1950 he married Barbara Stitt from Fort William, Ontario, Canada. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.


In the early 1950s, he founded Bond Realty Corporation, a real estate, appraisal, and financial services company. In the late 1970s, he took on his son-in-law, John Sillanpa, as a partner.


Throughout his career, he kept his hand in the music business, playing shows around the Duluth area, conducting and arranging music for such events as the Home Show and the Ice Capades.


He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two daughters Sarah Segal of New York and Toby (John) Sillanpa of Duluth. His two grandchildren, Rachel (Brian) Edelschick of Portland, OR and Aaron (Melanie) Sillanpa of Roseville, MN, and two great-grandchildren, Brynn Sillanpa and Mina Sylvie Edelschick.


Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 21st at 11 a.m. at Temple Israel, 1602 East 2nd Street, Duluth. The family will sit Shiva Wednesday evening at 7 pm at John and Toby’s home, 2909 East 1st Street. Donations may be sent to Temple Israel.


Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, (218) 727-3555.





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