Dr. Bedros “Pete” Markarian, M.D., age 89, of Hilton Head, SC, died peacefully on March 10, 2022. Pete was born in Massena, NY on July 28, 1932, to the late Megerdich “Michael” and Sona (Tevanian) Markarian. Pete was also predeceased by his sister Rose Markarian and brothers-in-law Vartkas Minasian, Vartan Kuimjian, and Al Markarian.
He attended Syracuse University and the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center where he earned his medical degree with a specialty in Pathology. After an internship at the University of Virginia, he returned to Syracuse and worked at the Upstate Medical Center as a member of the teaching faculty until his retirement. He married his beloved wife, the late Mannig “Mary” Kyoomjian in October 1964. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Armenian Apostolic Church and an avid Syracuse University supporter as a long time basketball season ticket holder.
After retiring in 1998, Pete and Mary moved to Hilton Head, SC where he enjoyed golf, tennis, and the warm weather. Mary passed away after a 31-year battle with cancer in 2001. He later met and married Judy Merlock in 2006. Pete also proudly volunteered at the local Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in Hilton Head, starting in 2003 until 2018.
Pete is survived by his wife, Judy; his sons Michael D. Markarian (Ellen) of Ramsay, MT and Peter V. Markarian (Tiffany) of Lyndeborough, NH; grandchildren Mary A. Markarian and Peter D. Markarian; sister-in-law, Zephyr K. Minasian and nieces Adrienne Spencer (Eugene) and Anoush Santangelo (Ernie).
Memorial services will be private.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Dr. Bedros "Pete"
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at The Island Funeral Home & Crematory