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Born: May 24, 1970

Date of Passing: Oct 23, 2021

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May 24, 1970 - October 23, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Salim John Loxley in Zermatt, Switzerland.
While Salim was creative, intelligent and talented, it was his time for, and with, others that defined him. Salim was a man of great generosity and boundless love who touched the hearts of many in his short life. He was a global citizen, for whom friends and family were everything and always came first.
Salim is predeceased by his father John. He is survived by his partner Jaime, mother Zeeba; siblings, Camille (Ian), Raina and Matthew (Catherine); nephew Peter and John's partner Aurelie. Words cannot convey their pain.
A virtual celebration of Salim's life will be held in the coming weeks.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the John Loxley-Pollock's Hardware Co-op Scholarship Fund ( or the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO)'s Sistema Winnipeg program (

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Our memories will never fade: of the little boy, so proud of his skateboard, who we first met in Winnipeg; of the curious and unusually sophisticated teenager during his years in Ottawa; of the confident and good-looking young man who visited us in Athens and chose to explore the city and the country by himself; and of the mature man who actively used his unquestionable intellectual capacity, knowledge and values in numerous social caring activities. It is his extraordinary personality and life, which was tragically cut short, that will make all of those who were lucky enough to know him, to think often of Salim dearly and with great sadness. Michalis Spourdalakis and Helga Stefansson - Posted by: Michalis Spourdalakis and Helga Stefansson (friends) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • I knew Sal for 30 years. He was always conscientious, intelligent, gentle, and had a wry sense of humour. I particularly remember him telling me a story about trying to speak French in a pool hall in Quebec, where he tried to translate the word for "pool cue" and ended up inadvertently asking someone something very rude. When someone leaves this world early, the darkness of their passing should not obscure the brightness of their life. To all who knew and loved him, our condolences and hope for healing in your grief. - Posted by: Dougald Lamont (Friend) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • It’s a rare person who’s able to be both larger than life, and also a dear close friend, but Sal seemed to manage this effortlessly. Seeing all the outpourings of love for Sal, and grief for his loss, from people around the world on Facebook and elsewhere, you realize he made literally hundreds of peoples’ lives richer for having known him. We were so grateful that Sal was able to join us in Scotland for our wedding and reconnect with all our friends from Winnipeg while meeting our friends and family from elsewhere. Sal was a wonderfully kind and sweet person and we will miss him terribly. Our deepest condolences to the Loxley family from Hugh and Vivian - Posted by: Hugh Thomas and Vivian Li (Friends) on: Nov 26, 2021

  • Salim was just the most wonderful human being. He radiated love, compassion and positivity and I am so lucky that I got to be his cousin. One of my favourite memories of him, which summed up how much he invested in others, was when he travelled up from London to Sheffield to help us set up for my 18th birthday party. He couldn't attend the party itself due to another commitment but went out of his way to come and help. All of my friends could tell what an outstanding guy he was just from that small amount of time. The world is a less bright place without him. Sending love to all of his family and friends. Helen x - Posted by: Helen Loxley (Cousin) on: Nov 21, 2021

  • Sail was my friend in high school and my friend. I will miss him. - Posted by: Teddy Settee (Friend) on: Nov 14, 2021

  • Salim, to say that name is to say love, humanity, brotherhood. There would be no words to describe a person like him. It was my neighbor in Haiti, both me and my wife felt a pain like losing a brother or a father. Salim touched many not with his hand, he touched them with his soul. Only God knows how much his departure has hurt us. Rest in peace brother - Posted by: Sadiel Alvarez Perez (Friend ) on: Nov 14, 2021

  • Hearing about Salim’s loss it was one of the hardest things, especially as it came six months after my parents’ loss. He was there for me, helping me overcome my grief and lifting my spirits with his jokes and funny videos. Salim you will always be one of the most kind and genuine people I ever came across. I valued our friendship and I am sorry I didn’t get the chance to tell you but I hope you knew. Your warm heart, smile and intellect made the world a better place. My deep condolences to your family and all those who loved you so much. Hope you Rest In Peace and find your dad. - Posted by: Maria Soutemenoglou (Friend ) on: Nov 14, 2021

  • Salim was not just a friend, he was a brother. While we met as young adults, in our mid 20's, we were still doing a lot of growing up. We did that together, as we did many other things in the last 26 years. His departure leaves a hole, but I am so so much richer for knowing him. Vale Salim. - Posted by: Edward Rees (Friend for the last 26 years) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • My heartfelt sadness in hearing of Salim’s passing. I remember first Salim from the violin lessons at Luxton School. He was talented beyond the others and such a special wee boy. He remained a special friend to my daughter, Mona. Condolences to you Zeeba and all the family. You are in my prayers at this most difficult time. - Posted by: Elaine Lyons (Zeeba’s friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Salim in my early 20's at University. He welcomed me into a new group of friends without question, was easy to talk with and I remember a great sense of humor. An incredibly kind hearted, positive and thoughtful person even back then. I had not spoken to him in years but was not surprised when I received a heartfelt message from him after my own fathers passing. A terrible loss and my deepest condolences to his wife and extended family. - Posted by: Karl Lashley (Friend ) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Sal's family. Very unfair loss.. - Posted by: Heli Viira (Housemate from Goodenough, friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • I wanted to present my condolences to Zeeba and all the family. Many friends like myself are dealing with this with difficulty and I can only imagine what it must be like for you. We hope to be able to present a musical tribute at his celebration that will hopefully evoke happier times and reflect Sal’s deep appreciation of music. - Posted by: Danny Stephens (Friend) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • Salim, the kindest, loving young man I ever had the privilege to know. He spent many months with me and my children when he was a young boy. Always full of fun and love. So many happy memories. His wedding to Jaime in France was the most wonderful weekend of my life. The world is a sadder place without him. Rest in peace dear Salim. You are forever in my heart. Reunited with your dad. - Posted by: Verna Coulton (Salim's Aunty, sister of Salim's dad.) on: Nov 13, 2021

  • Salim’s passing is a sorrow impossible to endure; But endure I must, for his life and friendship was one of my true and pure joys; An eternal friend to me and my family - to all of us; Through his words and deeds he taught me to love the world, to live in the world, and to always regard others; Thank you for your gift of enduring and unconditional friendship, Salim. I could not be the person I am without it. Peace, serenity, and love to your family, and all of us you left behind with the burning memory of your spirit and your grandeur. - Posted by: Davide Panagia (Friend ) on: Nov 13, 2021

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