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Date of Passing: Aug 19, 2020

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1949 - 2020

It is with sadness that the family announces Al's passing on August 19, 2020.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Thanks for the music. Heaven just got a great guitarist. You left us much too soon and too quickly. I will miss you. - Posted by: John Evan (friend for 50 years) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • I met Al in Miss Demchuk's Grade 1 class at Inkster School and since we lived in the same neighbourhood, we would often walk to and from school together. At the time we were among the tallest kids in the class, and as we lined up by height to march to assemblies, etc., we frequently stood next to each other and chatted. When we got older we hung around in Al's basement on McAdam Ave,, next to an ancient octopus-like coal furnace. I remember that although it was unfinished, it was immaculate. Al was an only child and his parents treated him like a king, and me like family. When he was 12 or so, he discovered the electric guitar and his life changed. Although we still spent time together he was hooked on music and playing and I think that was his focus for the rest of his life. He taught me the little I know about music and turned me on to groups like The Ventures, Jorgen Ingman (Apache), The Shadows ... This later led to my own fascination with Blues. Al was an uncompromising person in terms of his standards. He knew what was important to him and he honoured that. I remember that he had a good, sardonic sense of humour. I left Winnipeg almost 50 years ago, but my wife and I love the place and return at least once a year. I visited with Al when I could, sometimes dropping in to his work at Advance. I was impressed by his encyclopedic knowledge of sound equipment and his discerning taste. He was a real gentleman and I feel privileged to have known him. We lost him too soon. My condolences to his family and other friends. - Posted by: Martin Yaffe (Friend since Grade 1) on: Sep 02, 2020

  • My sincere condolences to Al's family. Great man, left way to soon. Al taught me guitar 54 years ago when I was 7 years old at Kolt's Music Store on McPhillips Ave. - Posted by: Darryl Chubak (Friend) on: Aug 31, 2020

  • A great guy and always fun to work with. Miss ya Al. - Posted by: Gerry (old friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

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