LOFFELMANN, Gunther Otto
February 15, 1943 – April 20, 2018
Passed away peacefully at the Welland hospital with his wife by his side. Predeceased by wonderful parents Alfred and Emilie (nee Walig), we know Gunther is in good hands. An amazing husband of 49 years he will be missed by his wife Heather (nee McNiven). Thoughtful, kind and ever present father to Erika (Sarah). Dear brother of John (Anita) and loving Uncle to Carol (Bob) and Eric. Arriving in Canada in October of 1952 with his family Gunther’s greatest joy became music. His musical career started at the age of 13 when he played the violin in the London Symphony. At 14 his teaching career began. Along with playing in Sarnia/Port Huron he played in many musicals. He played in the Aeolian Orchestra in London during the 50's and 60's, and conducted the Harmonie Choir in T.O. from '69-'71. His greatest wish was everyone participate in music and to make people happy. He continued to teach strings, winds and vocals for grades JK-13 and evening classes for adults in London, Toronto and St Catharines. Gunther was a part of The Trio Vienna, Conductor of both the Queenston Heights Concert Band and the Friday Night Jazz Band above the Falls. His own musical, The Silver Fox, was performed at Brock University. Gunther’s passions were his family and his music. He inspired us all and many others to pick up an instrument and to enjoy the beauty we all have the potential to create. Gunther had a great will to live but his body had a different plan. “Go softly into the night Sweet Prince”. We will hear you in every note. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 2-8 pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Club Heidelberg in the Main Hall, 569 Lake St.
St.Catharines. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in his name to the Parkinson Society, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada or the Kidney Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Considerate Cremation & Burial Services, 52 Scott Street West, St. Catharines (between Ontario Street & South Service Road), 289-362-1144. Online condolences may be made at ccbscares.ca