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"BIC" 2002 Obituary


BICKFORD o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2002-12-31 published
ZILDJIAN, Armand -- Of Scottsdale, Arizona and Quechee, Vermont (formerly Hingham, Massachusetts), President and Chairman of the Zildjian Company in Norwell, Massachusetts, died Thursday at his home in Scottsdale. He was 81. Born in Quincy, he attended local schools including Thayer Academy and Colgate University until called to serve in the Philippines during World War 2. Upon his return, he entered the family business, the world's largest cymbal manufacturer and the oldest company in America. An amateur musician himself, ZILDJIAN said he felt privileged to have been born into a musical dynasty, which dates back to 1623. Appointed President two years before his father's death, Armand took over the role of family patriarch in 1977. ZILDJIAN was known for his charismatic personality and warm personal relationship with drummers. He hand selected cymbals for such drummers as Gene KRUPA, Buddy RICH, Max ROACH, Jo JONES and many others and matched cymbals for the Boston Symphony and leading orchestras around the world. The foremost authority in cymbal sound, he created new product innovations in response to the ever-changing needs of musicians and remained deeply involved in the operation of the company until his death. ZILDJIAN received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame, and Guitar Center's Rock Walk in Hollywood, and most recently received Modern Drummer Magazine Editors Achievement Award. In addition to his wife, Andra, he leaves four children Wendy METS, Craigie, Debbie and Robert ZILDJIAN, three stepchildren Kristy THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Mark and Peter FIELD, eight grandchildren Paula CHARLES, Cady and Emily ZILDJIAN- BICKFORD, Samantha ZILDJIAN, Dakota and Victoria THOMPSON/THOMSON/TOMPSON/TOMSON, Kathryn and Spencer FIELD, two great grandchildren, Ian and Gwen CHARLES, several cousins, nieces and nephews and a brother Robert. Private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Armand Zildjian Percussion Scholarship, c/o Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 and the Zildjian Family Opportunity Fund, c/o Percussive Arts Society, 701 N.W. Ferris Ave., Lawton, Oklahoma 73507.

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BICKLE o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2002-06-19 published
SKELCHER, Edmund Robert " Ed"
(retired from Ontario Transport Board, past director of Ontario Motor Coach Assoc.)
After a courageous battle with cancer, Ed entered into rest peacefully with dignity at the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay on Monday, June 17, 2002. Ed was the beloved husband of the late Gloria Bellamy SKELCHER. Lovingly remembered by his children Judy McALPINE (Peter), Rick SKELCHER (Cathy), Joy MARSHMAN, Sherri BICKLE (Doug) and Jonathan SKELCHER. Stepfather to Carol HEIMLER (Bob,) Patricia BUSCH (Don), Lynne ASSELIN (Tim) and Richard BELLAMY (Karen). Fondly remembered by his 16 grandchildren and by his only sister, Roberta RITCHIE (Alex.) Ed will be greatly missed by relatives, many Friends and Tinkerbell. Visitation will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay on Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Thursday, June 20, 2002 from 12 noon until time of funeral service in the chapel at 2: 00 p.m. Interment at Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay. The family would appreciate expressions of sympathy to the Ross Memorial Hospital, Lindsay.

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