Peter M. Marziano, 88, of Lafayette Hill and Sarasota, Fla., the last president of Jacob Reed’s Sons, a men’s clothing store based in Philadelphia, died April 10, of a stroke at Pennsylvania Hospital-Penn Medicine.
Mr. Marziano was president and CEO of the store from 1977 until it closed in 1983. Founded in 1924, Jacob Reed’s had its flagship store at 1424 Chestnut St. in Center City, with branches in Chestnut Hill and two other suburban locations, Atlantic City, N.J., Annapolis, Md., Wilmington, Del., and Washington.
Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Marziano was a graduate of Roman Catholic High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He began his 50-year career in men’s clothing as a buyer at the John Wanamaker department store.
After Jacob Reed’s closed, he worked for clothing wholesalers Grief Co. and H. Freeman Clothing Co., both in New York. Later he was head of merchandising for Tom James Co., a made-to-order clothing company.
Mr. Marziano was a longtime civic volunteer, who, with his wife, Jenny Lewis Marziano, raised more than $1 million for Pennsylvania Hospital, which is now a part of Penn Medicine. The funds were raised by donations and through the annual Pennsylvania Hospital Golf Tournament held at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, where Mr. Marziano, an avid golfer, was a member for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Milus; a son, Peter M. III; a sister; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at St. Philip Neri Church, 437 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444. Relatives and friends may call at the church after 9:30 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the church at the above address. – WF