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RICHARD ZURBA Richard Zurba of Winnipeg MB passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 88 years. He leaves to mourn his passing: Vonne, his wife of 63 years, son Marc, brother Maurice (Aline), granddaughter Melanie, nieces Joan Stephanik and Linda Sawka, nephew John Misko (Susan). Quick with a lyric to suit any conversation or occasion, Richard was a charismatic man and the college of musical knowledge in the field of jazz, classical and the Great American Songbook . Schooled in the music industry with representing Columbia Records as managing director Richard then established the Record Room on Portage Avenue which, in the 1960s, was a place for those who knew where to buy and discuss Bennett, Basie and Mingus or the classics such Ravel and Stravinsky. Beyond his love for music, Richard had a keen interest in climate and geography, and a spiritual belonging to the universe that he witnessed simply by looking up at the night sky. He lived artfully and dreamt up songs even in his final days. These were his passions, which were central to his person, how he related to his world, and how he will be remembered. A true Winnipeger, Richard spent years in Toronto and Vancouver but always returned home. He requested no service, and interment will take place at a later date, but do feel free to raise a glass. We shall meet again someday, don't know where, don't know when

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 17, 2012

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I was a frequent habitue of The Record Room and I will always remember Richard being kind and patient with me and my musical interests. I am doing a story on The Record Room for The Winnipeg Free Press and would like to hear from Richard's family and also to use any photos of The Record Room they may have. Thank you. - Posted by: John Einarson (fan) on: Dec 20, 2012

  • What a beautiful obituary and what a man Richard must have been. My sincere condolences to his entire family and friends. Until we all meet again, Shalom.... - Posted by: joan (heffel) gerus (school chum of Richard's brother Maurice) on: Mar 22, 2012

  • I first met Richard back in Calgary when I went to work at MCTR... from the 1st time I met Richard I knew he was a man who possessed great knowledge of the music world and he loved to share it with anyone who would listen…plus he always had a big smile to go along with the stories…you’ll be missed Richard, my heart goes out to Vonne, Marc and Melanie… - Posted by: Greg Peters (Friend) on: Mar 19, 2012

  • Uncle Bounce (as he was known) was my favorite uncle and a wonderful man whom I will miss dearly. He always had an interesting story and cheerful fresh outlook to share. His charming ways could always make you smile. Dear Uncle Bounce, I love you and thank you for the all cherished times spent, and your kind elegant ways. Such a special man, and such a sad loss for all. Your memory will always be close to my heart. I wish you everlasting peace, love and my deepest sympathy to the whole the family. - Posted by: Roxanne Nikki (Niece) on: Mar 17, 2012

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