Al Baculis

Vanier was saddened to hear of the passing of Al Baculis, a former faculty member of the Vanier Music Department who taught here for nine years from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his friends and family. Below is his obituary notice as well as links to two tribute stories that appeared in The Hour and the Montreal Gazette.

Baculis Sr., Al

OBITUARY AL BACULIS SR. Passed away peacefully on January 22, 2007 in Seminole, Florida, age seventy-six. Beloved husband of Margo. He will be dearly missed by his son, Alan in Montreal, his daughter, Heather (Andrew Todd) his grand-daughter, Neela Todd in Vancouver, his sister, Isabelle Bacal in Montreal and his sister-in-law, Kathy Collier in Toronto. Al attended McGill Conservatory of Music, studying clarinet and composition. He was a jazz virtuoso on the clarinet, tenor and also saxophones, later becoming well known as an arranger and composer for both radio and TV for, Radio Canada, The CBC and The National Film Board. He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to entertain the U.N. troops. Al wrote and arranged the orchestral theme for the closing ceremonies of the '76 Olympics. He later taught arranging and composition in the music departments of Vanier CEGEP and McGill where he was loved and respected by his students. Al and Margo retired to Florida in 1993. He was a life member of Musician's Guild, and a Shriner. Al was a loyal and generous friend who shared his great sense of humour with everyone. He will always be remembered by his family and friends for his loving spirit. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

Read the Hour Magazine tribute article from February 1, 2007.

Read the Montreal Gazette article from February 18, 2007.

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