• Trull Funeral Home & Cremation Centre
    Toronto, ON
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Eugene Michael Amaro 1936 - 2010
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November 18, 2012
Owl, you are clearly sorely missed. You're with the ages now.
August 8, 2012
One of the greatest things about the Boss Brass was Eugene Amaro. He and Terry Clarke, Sam Noto, Ed Bickert, Ian McDougal, Don Thompson, and Guido Basso really highlighted the band, and I was, and still am, totally in awe. If he didn't receive an OC, he certainly should have. I was so very sorry to hear about this. Thanks for letting me say something.
April 28, 2010
Eugene, I will always Remember, and have great appreciation for your friendship, and push you gave me when I needed it most. You'll forever be in my heart.
April 7, 2010
Eugene was one of the very first musicians to welcome Peter Nichol and I into the Toronto music scene, always with great playing and a warm and generous smile. I'll remember Eugene fondly.
April 5, 2010
I only had the pleasure of meeting Eugene Amaro a couple of times, the first being when I was in Barrie playing with Bernie Senesky's Quintet. He was living near Orillia at the time. Eugene was extremely warm and very complimentary- a real gentleman. It was an honour to meet (and play in front of) him, especially after admiring his musicianship for many years. I know he will be missed by many, musicians and non-musicians. Rest in Peace, "Owl".
April 3, 2010
What I will remember and celebrate about Eugene Amaro is his quiet strength. The measure of his genius was in how he used the talent he possessed. He wore it quietly and kindly in the presence of others. His friends of which I was proud to be one, called him the “owl.” In retrospect he fitted his name with dignity and a genuine sense of humour and how wise is that! I don’t know anyone in the music community of which he was a leading member who wouldn’t admit how volatile and unkind it could be at times, but never for Gene. In forty years I don’t recall ever hearing an unkind word from him about anyone.
Talent and virtuosity are wonderful things and Eugene Amaro possessed each in abundant measure, but the thing which distinguishes him from others was his character and his kindness, his loyalty and his tolerance of others.
If Canada were a country as good as it could be, artists like Eugene Amaro would have statues raised in their honour while they live, if not after.
To Gene, sarai sempre il mio amico.
To Jimmy, his brother, and to his loved ones my deepest sympathies and condolences.
April 3, 2010
What I will remember and celebrate about Eugene Amaro is his quiet strength. The measure of his genius was in how he used the talent he possessed. He wore it quietly and kindly in the presence of others. His friends of which I was proud to be one, called him the “owl.” In retrospect he fitted his name with dignity and a genuine sense of humour and how wise is that! I don’t know anyone in the music community of which he was a leading member who wouldn’t admit how volatile and unkind it could be at times, but never for Gene. In forty years I don’t recall ever hearing an unkind word from him about anyone.
Talent and virtuosity are wonderful things and Eugene Amaro possessed each in abundant measure, but the thing which distinguishes him from others was his character and his kindness, his loyalty and his tolerance of others.
If Canada were a country as good as it could be, artists like Eugene Amaro would have statues raised in their honour while they live, if not after.
To Gene, sarai sempre il mio amico.
To Jimmy, his brother, and to his loved ones my deepest sympathies and condolences.
March 30, 2010
Eugene was a stellar, highly respected saxophonist/flautist, a great person and a friend. He was a top session man on the Toronto scene for decades. He will always be remembered for his outstanding contributions to the Canadian Jazz scene.
I'll miss Eugene and his spirit but the beautiful memories of him are forever!
I send my deepest condolences to Jimmy and all the family.
March 30, 2010
Eugene will be remembered as a great musician but also as someone with a kind and generous heart.

He will be missed.
March 29, 2010
Remembering today Gene (and Jimmy) who were our good neighbours and friends many many years ago at Bathurst and Bloor.
Very fond memories indeed.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
Peter DiCresce
March 29, 2010
So sad...
God bless your brother Eugene!
Be strong Jimmy!
The deepest condolatories from Latvia!
March 28, 2010
DEAR FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF GENE..WHAT A BRAVE SOUL AND WHAT A FIGHT HE PUT UP TO LIVE, AND SHOW US ALL THE WAY..I SAID TO HELENA THAT HE MADE THE EXPRESS ELEVATOR TO THE TOP IN RECORD TIME..
A REAL TALENT IN LIFE..AND VERY LIFE SIZE..
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO ALL..
I THINK I HEAR HIS MUSIC NOW..
BILL AND DIANA BERGEN..
TUCSON,AZ.
March 27, 2010
Our deepest sympathies
March 27, 2010
I will miss my brother and he takes some of my heart with him, I know He would be very impressed with all the wonderful people that expressed their love for him. Thank you from all our family for your comfort and support.

- Jimmy
March 26, 2010
Jimmy--Very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother Eugene. Accept my condolences.--Harry Flood (S.M.C.'57)
March 26, 2010
My deepest condolences to the Family. Gene was a gentleman and a superb musician, It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with him with the Boss Brass.--Fernando Gelbard
March 26, 2010
We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and musical colleague Eugene.
Condolences to his loved ones.
March 26, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
March 25, 2010
I am so sorry for your loss. I never knew Eugene, but my parents were friends over the years (June and Jim Fowles). They were both great fans of his music. Condolences to the family.
March 25, 2010
With profound sadness ... my heartfelt sincere sympathy.
March 25, 2010
Nobody played "Body and Soul" like you did Eugene.

Rest in peace and may God bless you.

Rose Marie (Pillo) Scholes

xoxo
March 25, 2010
I've lost a dear friend, Condolences to his family.
March 25, 2010
Jimmy, Collette and Justine,

My thoughts are with you and all of your extended family at this sad time of great loss.

I will always treasure those happier memories when we were all together in King City with family and friends. Much music and good times were shared. I loved listening to him play. He had such a special gift.
March 25, 2010
What a privilege it was to have received Gene's music and friendship in the 70's and 80's. He was a Prince among men, and a powerhouse on the stand. His lyricism swept your soul away. Deepest condolences to all the family.
March 25, 2010
Hey Eugene,

Thank you for the gift of friendship, the incredible inspiration, making music with me, encouraging, supporting, and helping me in all the different ways you did, and most of all; for those great meatballs!

I always looked forward to the times you would call and say: "Hey Dan, i made some meatballs, and these ones are the best batch ever! Come on over, we'll eat like Kings!!!"

Thank you for everything.

You have always been an important part of my life and that will continue.

Rest in peace Eugene.

Helena, Jimmy, and Collette, may i please extend my most profound condolences for your loss.

With the highest respect,

Dan Bodanis
March 24, 2010
My sincere condolences to you at your loss of this prince of a man and giant of a musician. His energy and spirit live in all of us who knew him and had the privilege of playing with him.
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