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Date of Passing: Jun 22, 2013

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JOSE PONEIRA Jose Poneira, 90, of Winnipeg, MB passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Jose is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Gladys, son Rick (Colleen), daughter Melody (Mark) Clegg, two grandchildren, Wesley and Norah, three step-granddaughters, Jennifer, Cynthia and Samantha, and two great-grandsons, Jack and Colin, as well as his dear nephew, Georges (Elizabeth) Tremel of Jasper. Jose was preceded in death by his parents, Alexander and Frieda, and his sister Martha. Jose was born on February 8, 1923 in Lubeck, Germany. After enjoying a privileged childhood and studying music in Zurich, Switzerland he was forced to flee their home in Europe, abandoning their possessions. The young Jose fled through Europe, emerging eventually in Argentina after spending six months in Cuba. It was during these formative years where Jose developed his love of Latin Music which he would later influence his music style. In 1947 Jose moved to New York where he played in all the popular nightclubs of the time. Jose eventually made Canada his home moving and supporting his family along the way. Jose, the accomplished pianist, composer and marvelous entertainer also made his mark appearing on Canadian TV and radio with his own band performing an eclectic blend of classical and South American music. Jose's life was incredible, mixing with stars of the silver screen, even playing at the engagement party of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. In his final years, Jose became a local icon playing in the Palm Room at the famous Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg. Jose played there for the better part of the last 20 years of his life entertaining a generation of Winnipeg residents. Despite failing health and near blindness Jose made his final appearance shortly before his passing. A true gentleman, Jose will be dearly missed by family and those privileged to call him friend. A special thank you to the Riverview Hospital staff of 3 East in Winnipeg for their loving care, compassion and support. A celebration of his life will be held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 starting at 7:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home in Winnipeg, MB. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 1080 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M3. "Gone yet not forgotten, although we are apart, your spirit lives within us, forever in our hearts." For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 25, 2013

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • I remember the family when they lived across the street from us on Wilson Drive, back in Tsawassen. Richard and I were good friends, we'd hang together and I thought his dad, Jose, was incredible. He was a firm father but he adored Ricky and Melody, I could always see that. I know this is rather late but my heart and feelings go out to the family. - Posted by: Stephen Everett (neighbour) on: Sep 20, 2015

  • I used to work at the Fort Garry and enjoyed it most on the weekends because Jose would be playing in the Palm Room He played those keys with such ease and the melodies would flow into the lobby adding that extra touch of elegance. I enjoyed visiting with Jose on our breaks and he always would ask me what would I like to hear and the reply was always the same "An Affair to Remember" No one could play it as he did. It would fill my heart in such a way that I wanted to waltz around that beautiful lobby in a gorgeous ball gown. In the years since I no longer worked at the Fort Garry I always wondered about Jose and hoped that one day I would hear him play that amazing tune again. I am so sorry I have missed that chance. Blessing to Gladys and the family. You will always be remembered Jose! - Posted by: MARILYN ENNS (ADMIRER) on: Dec 26, 2013

  • Never had the pleasure or honor of meeting Mr. Poneira, but having just been informed of his passing, as a former Winnipeger, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to his family. I had no idea that such a distinguished, talented human being chose and decided to reside in Winnipeg. - Posted by: ermanno barone (admirer) on: Sep 12, 2013

  • Worked in Eaton's piano department when at college in late 60s. Met Jose there, and became friends. Took some lessons from him at his home. Good memories of a good and decent man. - Posted by: Bill Petrie (Friend/co-worker/pianist) on: Jul 17, 2013

  • Dear Gladys, Rick, Melody and families, We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember Jose's heartwarming laugh and his beautiful music. Our prayers are with you. - Posted by: John and Helen Damianakos, Spiro, Harry and Peggy Damianakos and families (friends) on: Jul 04, 2013

  • Gladys. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. p - Posted by: Don Gray (Worked with Gladys at The Bay Unicity) on: Jul 03, 2013

  • it has been my privilege to have known Gladdie and Jose for over 50 years. His music and their friendship have enriched my life, and I miss him already. - Posted by: Arthur () on: Jun 28, 2013

  • I have enjoyed listening to Jose's music while I was working in the Palm Lounge at the Fort Gary Hotel. It certainly was a privilege and an honour to be in the compamy of a truly gifted artist. - Posted by: Luciano Costa (Friend) on: Jun 28, 2013

  • Jose and Bob will be making music together again. - Posted by: Robin Gross (Son of Bob and Lillian Gross) on: Jun 27, 2013

  • I recall so vividly when I first met Jose. Jose was walking His dog & I was building a fence on the street Jose stopped and talked to me about building a fece for him on Twain dr. Since that day forward we have been great friends with he and his lovely wife Gladys. That kind of friendship will last forever with Joan & I. Rest in peace good friend. - Posted by: Harold & Joan Irwin (Good friends) on: Jun 26, 2013

  • I have enjoyed Mr. Poneira's performances for 28 years. I first heard him play at the Jasper Park Lodge and then to my delight found that he played regularly in Winnipeg, where I live. I heard him play at least twenty times and own his CD recordings. He once sat down and joined the party I was sitting with in the Palm Room, at the end of his performance, and told us some of his life experiences. He was a brilliant performer and a very entertaining raconteur. We are so fortunate that he settled in Winnipeg and provided so much pleasure with his great musical skills and wonderful life philosophy. - Posted by: Shelley G. Mitchell (admiring fan in Winnipeg and at Jasper Park Lodge. ) on: Jun 25, 2013

  • My thoughts and and prayers are with you at this difficult time - Posted by: Bernie Bolin (worked at the Bay Unicity with Gladys) on: Jun 25, 2013

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