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Born: Sep 03, 1932

Date of Passing: Sep 09, 2020

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Cornelius Godri was born in Amsterdam on September 3, 1932. He passed peacefully on September 9, 2020.
In June of 1954, Cor met the love of his life, Lois Godri, at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. Cor and Lois spent 65 wonderful years together. They were blessed with three children, Glen (Heather), Donald, and Joanne (Chris), as well as seven grandchildren, Sarah and Heidi Godri, Dahna (Kris) MacNeil, Ben and Brad Godri, and Mitchell and Evan Albrechtsen. He was predeceased by grandson Gregory Godri. He is remembered by Dianne, Corey, Neale Bastiaans, Altje and Willjo Leyden Van Amstel and special friends Kelly Komadowski, and Henry Van Kemenade.
By age 11, Cor started playing clarinet, an instrument that would help shape his future. On April 2, 1953, he immigrated to Canada with the Canadian Armed Forces Band. In 1985 he retired from the Armed Forces and served as the secretary treasurer for Music Professionals of Manitoba for 13 years, and then as President for 11 years. He became a 60 year member in June, 2020. His career in music encompassed playing opportunities with Rainbow Stage where he was honored on the Wall of Fame in August 2019. Some of his musical accomplishments included playing with CBC Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Liberace, Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Mel Thorne, Bobby Vinton, Ice Capades, Gilbert and Sulliven, and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1976 Olympics to mention a few.
Above all, Cor's family meant more to him than anything else.

Dad and Opa, we are so proud of
you and will love you forever.

No formal funeral service will be held.

For those who wish to sign the online
Guest Book please visit

Chapel Lawn Funeral Home

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Godri's passing. I always enjoyed talking to him and hearing stories from his past. Such a sweet man. - Posted by: Gina Small (Optometrist) on: Oct 28, 2020

  • Such a great and talented guy, who was a close friend. Thank you for your friendship! Condolences to Tante Loes and family. Family Jansz - Posted by: Family Jansz (Friends ) on: Oct 15, 2020

  • Like so many, I was terribly saddened to hear of Cor's passing and my heart goes out to you and your family, Lois. When I think of Cor I always picture him with a broad smile, especially after delivering yet another funny anecdote virtually guaranteed to have all of us laughing. He was the first to plant the idea in my mind of actually being able to be a professional musician; I heard his superb clarinet playing when the RCAF band visited my junior high school. The seed he planted eventually blossomed and over the years I had the honour of performing beside him in the Ice Capades Orchestra and in the pit at Rainbow Stage. The well-being of musicians was always his greatest concern, and he fought fiercely for us in his role as Local 190's Secretary-Treasurer and President. I will miss him very much and he will not be forgotten. Thinking of you all. Janice - Posted by: JANICE FINLAY (Colleague ) on: Oct 03, 2020

  • Cor was one of the best musicians I've played with. He was a true professional - a leader, and yet had no ego. He played at the highest level, yet gave his talents to the community on any part that was required. He offered his time, and led through example with the kindest spirit. I will miss his playing, his encouragement, and gentle humour. - Posted by: Chris Lalonde (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2020

  • Dear Lois and family; I was deeply saddened by the news of Cor’s passing. What a great guy. So witty and funny yet serious about music. It was an honour and a pleasure playing in many groups with Cor, especially Rainbow Stage, the Gilbert & Sullivan shows and The Rod Stewart concert. I will miss him. My heartfelt sympathy to you Lois and your family. Julie - Posted by: Julie Husband (Friend and colleague ) on: Sep 25, 2020

  • I first met Cor in Montreal in the late '60s early '70s. Of course his kindness and encouragement to a younger musician were more than helpful, they offered an excellent example of both musicianship, mentorship and friendship. Some years later I moved to Winnipeg and one of the best discoveries here was Cor, again representing the best in music and friendship. I am pleased to mention I worked as a WMA board member when he was President and Secretary. I will miss his wonderful personality that he shared with the Winnipeg music community. My deepest condolences to his family! - Posted by: Shane Nestruck (musical comrade) on: Sep 24, 2020

  • R.I.P. Cor. You were a great soul. It was always reassuring to know you were in our corner to help out when needed. Suzanne McKegney Tom Watrous (Musicians) - Posted by: Tom Watrous (Colleague) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • I met Cor many years ago at my first AFM Canadian Conference. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and I have great sense of humour. He will definitely be missed by all his friends in the CFM and AFM. - Posted by: Marg Conway (Work aquaintance) on: Sep 21, 2020

  • Cor was one of the first Local Officers I became friends with when coming to the AFM. His easy-going manner and friendship belied his union strength and intensity, as those who opposed the union would regrettably discover. He set the bar extremely high for unionism, heart and friendship. He will never be forgotten. - Posted by: Alan Willaert (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Dag Cor, Toch nog onverwacht ben je snel heen gegaan. Voor mij was je de beste oom die ik heb gehad. Je had altijd belangstelling voor waar ik mee bezig was, de historie van wat je geboorteland was en vooral van Amsterdam. Die keren dat je in Holland was en ik in Winnipeg hebben we mooie en gezellige tijd samen doorgebracht. Je had altijd humor en was altijd bereid om iets te zien. Ik herinner me dat ik je mee nam naar Havelte, daar lagen hunebedden die je als kind altijd al had willen zien. Je was erg geëmotioneerd toen je ze zag. Die momenten zal ik nooit vergeten. Het ga je goed Cor. Je neef Johny - Posted by: John (OOM) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • When I first met Cor, we shared a common ground when we realized my flute teacher of 10-12 years was someone Cor knew well in his musical world and admired greatly. Cor was an extremely gifted musician, a beautiful person, and a good man. Those whose paths he crossed were blessed. He will be dearly missed. - Posted by: Darcia Albrechtsen (Relative) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Deepest sympathies Glen, Heather and family ❤️ - Posted by: Denise (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Excellent player, Kind and always a gentleman. It was an honor to play in BMW with him. - Posted by: Les Lytle (musician , Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • We are heartbroken with the loss of Ome Cor, our family icon. Our hearts are overflowing with love for Tante Luis and our cousins. We are grateful for the decades of gatherings to celebrate many special events. They were plentiful with never a dull moment 😊. He is gone but will always be wth us in our minds and hearts. - Posted by: Diane, Neale and Corey Bastiaans (Family) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • My condolences on the loss of a great musical instructor. I first met Cor when he answered an ad with my mom’s (Marion Snell) committee to teach and conduct the Stonewall Area Band in the ‘70’s. Little did he know what he’d signed up for! Most of us hadn’t touched an instrument! But he persevered in his calm manner, and taught me to play the clarinet and my sister Bev, the sax. The band went on to win many awards and competitions, even as a marching band. His loss this week has brought back many fond memories. My deepest condolences. - Posted by: Tracy Dunstan (Student ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • One of the good guys! We’ll miss you Cor, RIP. - Posted by: Owen Clark (Colleague) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • An amazing gentle soul who treated everyone that he met as the most important person in the room. He will be missed. Condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren...♥️ - Posted by: Leanne Freund (Family) on: Sep 19, 2020

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