JANUARY 5, 1928 ~ SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

(Edgar) Lloyd Blackman, b. January 5, 1928 (Winnipeg, MB) – d. September 16, 2014 (Vancouver, BC), has gone to his eternal, heavenly home, joining his wife, Elisabeth (Betty); parents, Alfred (Tim) and May; and brother, Herbert. Mourning his passing are sons, Duncan (Laura), Larry (Joan), Daniel (Vanessa), Ralph (Marlena), Hugh (Magdalena), and daughter, Heather; grandchildren. Jonathan and Anthony, Talisa and Naomi (and their mother, Joy Sumyi Lee), Nerissa, and Esteban and Michael; nephews, David and Paul Blackman, and niece, Angela Post; brother-in-law, Theodore Black, and other relatives, friends, and former students, including those of the Delta Youth Orchestra for which Lloyd was the musical director for several years beginning in 1985. Lloyd studied violin in Winnipeg and attained the Licentiate from the Royal Schools of Music, London as a Performer at 16 years old. He later studied in New York, Ottawa and Montreal, and at the University of Michigan (1948-9, 1959-60). From the age of 15, he played in CBC orchestras, traveling shows, ballet orchestras, and was principal of the CBC Winnipeg Orchestra 1947-9 and of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra 1948-9. In 1948-9 he was an instrumental instructor in the Winnipeg schools. His career took off when he moved to Regina, SK in 1950 to become the music director at Regina Central Collegiate Institute ending in 1980 as the Coordinator of Fine Arts for the Regina Board of Education. During these years, he played in the Regina Symphony Orchestra; co-wrote with his wife the operetta, Prairie Pastel, in celebration of the 50th anniversary Central Collegiate in 1959; co-directed the Saskatchewan Golden Jubilee Choir in 1955, conducted the Central Collegiate choirs and orchestra, the Regina Junior Orchestra, the Regina Inter-collegiate Orchestra, the Wascana Wind Ensemble; was the orchestral conductor for the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts and co-directed the Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra in the early 1970s; assisted with the Saskatchewan Junior Concert Society; and was one of the cofounders of the Saskatchewan Music Educators Association. In 1980, the family moved to North Delta, BC where Lloyd took up the position of conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra for 1 year. Subsequently, he became the conductor of the Nanaimo Symphony Orchestra and of the Delta Youth Orchestra. More details about Lloyd is available on Wikipedia and at thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.

Over the years as a music educator, Lloyd had a positive influence on many former students and others, including his family, encouraging their musical ambitions and to make wise choices in their lives. A close friend, Sylvia, described Dad as a unique individual, super intelligent, extremely musical, full of integrity, sincere, kind, and able to see the world through a filter of humour. On Saturday September 27, 2014 at 1PM, a celebration of his life will be officiated by Rev. Ralph Blackman at St. George Anglican Church at Cadboro Bay (Victoria), BC. For additional information contact dhblackman [at] yahoo.ca

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