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Date of Passing: Aug 05, 2001

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EUGENE NEMISH It is with great sorrow that the family announces the peaceful passing of Eugene Nemish, aged 85, August 5, 2001 in a Montreal hospital. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife Aline; his two sons, Barry (Zenia), grandsons, Michael, Patrick, Nicolas and son Douglas; brother Ernest (Geni) sister Marjorie; brother Herbert (Rita) five nephews and a niece, many cousins and friends. Eugene was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Katherine. Eugene was born in the north end of the city of Winnipeg. He began his violin lessons at a very early age - studying with P.T. Andre and later with John Waterhouse. During these early years he won highest awards at the Winnipeg Musical Festival - including being the first winner of the Aikins Memorial Trophy for string instruments - soloist on many occasions at the mens and womens programs. He was awarded a scholarship to the London Royal Academy of Music, at the age of 15. He continued to win musical awards such as the Whaley prize, Mc Ewen Prize, Sir Edward Cooper Prize and Beare Award. He was also presented with a very fine violin and bow by an anonymous lady. He was leader of the Academy Symphony under the direction of Sir Henry Wood for 2 years, performed as soloist on several occasions including the Elgar Concerto-soloist with the Birmingham Philharmonic conducted by Rowsby Woof-which was broadcast in Britain and North America. He toured England and Scotland and the continent with the Boyd Neal Orchestra. At his last Academy Concert he was presented with a bow by Princess Alice. He had close contact with many famous musicians - Harra Isaacs, Arthur Benjamin, Alfredo Compoli, Myra Hess, as well as being a close friend of William Primrose-world foremost violist. After visiting home in 1945, he left to join the Montreal Symphony, playing under many conductors for many years until retirement. A memorial service has taken place at the Notre Dame Church - Cote des Neiges, Montreal on August 9, 2001. Cremation to follow. He will be dearly remembered and sorely missed.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2001

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