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Born: Aug 05, 1932

Date of Passing: Aug 29, 2004

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AMOS EMILE BISSECK With deep sadness the family announces Emiles sudden passing at his Winnipeg home on Sunday, August 29, 2004, at the age of 72 years. Emile is survived by his loving wife Simone; his two sons, Dr. Marc Bisseck (daughter-in-law Susan and granddaughter Danielle) and Andre Bisseck; as well as extended family members in Cameroon and in Canada. He was predeceased by his parents. Emile was born in Cameroon, West Africa on August 5, 1932. As a young man he moved to Paris to pursue his career as a musician. While living in Paris, he met and married Simone Gentes, and their first son was born there. They moved to Winnipeg in 1974, where their second son was born. Emile worked in a number of different occupations, and retired about 10 years ago, but his passion was always his music. Emile was a well-known and respected percussionist, performing with several different groups, and was a mainstay performer at Folklorama for over 30 years. Of particular note was his role in the recent movie, "The Saddest Music in the World". Emile was also an enthusiastic busker at the Forks, and loved to entertain with his African xylophone and drums. He was also an avid fisherman. Family was very important to Emile, and he was a devoted husband and father. He was very proud of his sons and their accomplishments, and was delighted with his granddaughter Danielle. Emile remained in contact with his Cameroon family and friends, and had the opportunity to visit them in the recent years. He had a great many friends in the music scene, the Afro-Caribbean Association, and in fishing. He will be missed by many. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 1, at 7:00 p.m., at the Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that friends make donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or a charity of their choice. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 586-8044

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 01, 2004

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