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DELORME, Gaye JamesIt is with great sadness and reverie that we, the family of Gaye James Delorme, born March 20, 1947, announce our deepest condolences to his Music Family, dearest loyal friends and fans and all his extended family of his unexpected death, June 24, 2011. This Beautiful Guitar man's illustrious career began at 17 years old in Edmonton taking him to Vancouver, Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. He always considered himself an Alberta son returning to Edmonton and Calgary to further his musical genius with other Alberta sons musical geniuses. Gaye will be remembered with the deepest and enduring love by his extended family, sisters Gail (Jim) Suttie, Janice Delorme, brothers Bruce and Howard, as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. His love, devotion and loyalty towards his family and friends, perfect strangers and children, yes, the children he taught and helped will live forever in all of our hearts. A Memorial and Celebration of his Life with you will be shared at the Polish Hall, 10960 - 104 Street N.W., Edmonton at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2011. His music colleagues have established memorial celebrations scheduled for a later date in Calgary, and Vancouver for August 21, 2011. Please accept our gratitude for all of the kind words of sympathy so many have conveyed. Your expressions of sympathy can be sent to, Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel, Box 727, Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0, or email fountgar@telus.net. Gayes latest love, his new CD, is complete awaiting cover art. The Gaye Delorme Memorial Music Foundation trust to his legacy will be established shortly after his memorial. However, as requested by many, an interim account has been established to receive any donations to assist in the release of the latest CD. All funds will be transferred to his Foundation account donations to ensure the music AND person of Gaye Delorme will be forever remembered. Contributions can be made to #05173994720 (Howard Delorme: hdelorme@telus.net, cell: 778-329-1444), Bank of Montreal, 10802 - 82 Avenue N.W., Edmonton, AB T6E 2B3, or any branch in Canada. Please email notice of your contribution to be kept strictly confidential as we will respond to your email to match you to your contribution. You will then become a contributing benefactor to the Foundation and acknowledged to you. Sturgeon Memorial Funeral Chapel 780-921-3900

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Published in Remembering on Jul. 2, 2011.
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May 10, 2012
IT WAS 1978 AND WE WERE IN LOVE! HE TOLD ME I WAS THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE, AND HE WAS MINE .I CHOSE MY WITH HEAD AND NOT MY HEART , UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. I LOVE YOU
B.
January 9, 2012
There has never been a time when you and I have not existed, nor will there ever be a time when we shall cease to exist. January 25, 1984 we met and came to love one another. You shall never be further than the special place in my heart that I'll always hold, just for you. Thank you for my song. I miss you deeply. With all my love
Diane Delorme/nee Harris
January 8, 2012
I owned a music store In New Westminster B.C.(Gearhunters) when Gaye lived in the area. He came down many times and played in the store for hours. It was a pleasure to have him visit us and spend time sharing with us all his amazing talent. He will be missed dearly by many I am sure. The Music Industry has lost a genius. My condolences to his family. He will not be forgotten.
Tony P.
August 9, 2011
Thank you Gaye for your music, for being you and giving of youself. Our condolences to family and friends.

Dan & Carol Tapanila
August 8, 2011
what an amazing friend and genius producer. Gaye produced my last cd "Wolfgirl" and because of his excellent production that CD won numerous awards. I loved Gaye very much and not a day goes by that I dont miss his humour and his friendship. He plays with the Greats in heaven. I miss you dearly my friend, love, arlette
arlette alcock
July 26, 2011
Fabulous Artist he will be truly missed. I have a signed copy of Borderline, one of my all time favourite albums. I feel fortunate to have seen both his acoustic and electric shows, each an experience I will treasure forever. My condolences to all his friends and family. Malcolm Winter
Malcolm Winter
July 21, 2011
Your friendship, your humour, your cooking and your love will always bring a smile, but your music will be remembered forever. Thank you, Gaye.
Susan xo
July 12, 2011
Always remembered,forever missed,what a treat it was to perform with him over the last 22 years,Maureen will miss him as well,thankfully we had Gaye Delorme in our lives,sorry to see him go.
Peter&Maureen Sweetzir
July 10, 2011
I met Gaye through my brother Doug Whitford (Deceased} they knew each other well and where always after each other with pranks and "inside jokes." I knew Gaye but I would not say we were friends however it was fun to be around those two when they where carousing back in the day. Also i will miss the late night jams at my apartment A very gifted artist and a funny kind guy CU Gaye
Dale Whitford
dale whitford
July 9, 2011
My name is Michael Skinner, I am a saxophone player and had the honour to perform with Gaye for a 6 month engagement in Banff Alberta, in 1986. Gaye was a great guy and we become very good friends. He was a musical genius and pushed me to be the best I could be. His musical accomplishments were impressive to say the least, and he had performed with many of the worlds greates musicians. We spent hours together listening to recordings of Gaye performing with word re-known recording artists. I still tell the story as to how I meet Gaye to this day, as it is quite comical to say the least. I was invited to a jam session in Calgary as I was playing in a showband at the four seasons hotel by the manager of the room. we ended up at a club called the Back-door. As we arrived I asked what kind of club was this, in which the manger replied a gay club! After being escorted by the host of the club to the green room I meet a guitarist who stood up and said, "Hi I,m Gaye, .....no thats my name"! We went on to have a great jam session and were well recived by the attentive audience that night! A few days later, I meet Gaye as I was about to leave for Vancouver, and was asked to play with him for a 6 month gig in Banff Alberta, which I accepted. I flew back to edmonton, meet his manager and drove to Banff, where to my surprise the band was playing the "Rodeo Song" which I had never heard before! Gaye looked at me and announce, "Ladies and Gentlemen, from New York city, please welcome Mike Skinner"! This was Gaye in a nutshell. He was a very funny guy, who was full of life and could really play. Gaye was also flying to LA at this time producing and playing on Cheech and Chongs "Up in Smoke" sound track. I was told many of the jokes Cheech and Chong used were initiated by Gaye himself. I alslo had the honour to accompany Gaye to a weekly Television Show in Calgary called, "Home Cooking" which was a country music show, were I was astounded to see Gaye perform a completely different style of music, with some of the best nashville performers in the industy. Gaye would walk up to me on the gig and pull me aside and play a specific riff on his guitar, and would look me in the eye and say, "Don,t forget that"!
Wow! I would practice that lick over and over, he really brought out the best in people and loved to share his craft.
Gaye would also open the show sometimes with me just playing my saxaphone! This had never happened to me before, sometimes he would make me play for 10 to 15 minutes on my own and then would send out the other musicians one by one, showing up on stage himself usually starting with "Sultans of Swing" by the Dire Straights band.
Gaye was well loved and admired by both his piers and everyone he met or performed for. Often restaurants would invit us in after the gig and cook for Gaye even if they were officially closed. He was famous in the community and around the world! I will miss Gaye dearly and also remember his fantastic personality and gift. He was and also will be an ispiration to me, and I am thankful I had the honour to call myself his friend.

Michael Skinner
Vancouver BC
604-764-6370
Michael Skinner
July 9, 2011
My name is Michael Skinner, I am a saxophone player and had the honour to perform with Gaye for a 6 month engagement in Banff Alberta, in 1986. Gaye was a great guy and we become very good friends. He was a musical genius and pushed me to be the best I could be. His musical accomplishments were impressive to say the least, and he had performed with many of the worlds greates musicians. We spent hours together listening to recordings of Gaye performing with word re-known recording artists. I still tell the story as to how I meet Gaye to this day, as it is quite comical to say the least. I was invited to a jam session in Calgary as I was playing in a showband at the four seasons hotel by the manager of the room. we ended up at a club called the Back-door. As we arrived I asked what kind of club was this, in which the manger replied a gay club! After being escorted by the host of the club to the green room I meet a guitarist who stood up and said, "Hi I,m Gaye, .....no thats my name"! We went on to have a great jam session and were well recived by the attentive audience that night! A few days later, I meet Gaye as I was about to leave for Vancouver, and was asked to play with him for a 6 month gig in Banff Alberta, which I accepted. I flew back to edmonton, meet his manager and drove to Banff, where to my surprise the band was playing the "Rodeo Song" which I had never heard before! Gaye looked at me and announce, "Ladies and Gentlemen, from New York city, please welcome Mike Skinner"! This was Gaye in a nutshell. He was a very funny guy, who was full of life and could really play. Gaye was also flying to LA at this time producing and playing on Cheech and Chongs "Up in Smoke" sound track. I was told many of the jokes Cheech and Chong used were initiated by Gaye himself. I alslo had the honour to accompany Gaye to a weekly Television Show in Calgary called, "Home Cooking" which was a country music show, were I was astounded to see Gaye perform a completely different style of music, with some of the best nashville performers in the industy. Gaye would walk up to me on the gig and pull me aside and play a specific riff on his guitar, and would look me in the eye and say, "Don,t forget that"!
Wow! I would practice that lick over and over, he really brought out the best in people and loved to share his craft.
Gaye would also open the show sometimes with me just playing my saxaphone! This had never happened to me before, sometimes he would make me play for 10 to 15 minutes on my own and then would send out the other musicians one by one, showing up on stage himself usually starting with "Sultans of Swing" by the Dire Straights band.
Gaye was well loved and admired by both his piers and everyone he met or performed for. Often restaurants would invit us in after the gig and cook for Gaye even if they were officially closed. He was famous in the community and around the world! I will miss Gaye dearly and also remember his fantastic personality and gift. He was and also will be an ispiration to me, and I am thankful I had the honour to call myself his friend.

Michael Skinner
Vancouver BC
604-764-6370
Michael Skinner
July 8, 2011
Thank you Gaye, for sharing your wonderful gift with all of us. It was great to know you. Safe travels.
Gerry Hardy
July 7, 2011
Gaye Delorme at the Blue Chair
When I first heard Gaye play, Sailor Sailor,in the late 70's at Shenanigans in Calgary, I knew I was listening to an amazingly talented artist. As our friendship grew I knew I was blessed to have such an amazing freind.
Memories are flooding my thoughts. not just of Gayes incredible Artistic talents and his songs, but of moments spent with him as well. Everytime Gaye and I got together I noticed he never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He spoke often and with pride of his family, neices, nephews and true friends. He had wonderful stories about his Uncle, including the time his Uncle made him custom slides for his guitar.
His uncle once told me the story about how when Gaye was young and discovered the guitar, he would play for hours and hours until his fingers bled and he didn't let that stop him. His passion and talent came out and never left him.
Once While Gaye was still in BC he flew to Edmotnon for a small workshop, at Acoustic music shop.
He answered every question from every student. He gave his time to everyone. He gave encouragement to everyone.
Everywhere he went, he shared with all who wished to talk to him. And he always had a joke at hand. His mind worked in such a humerous way.
When my mother first met Gaye in the late 70's her comment to me was "he is such a likeable guy" That sums it up.
He had many many friends and wonderful stories of his life and his travels. One line he always used was :I met the most beautiful woman in the world" and he meant it. Gaye thought everyone had beauty in them.
Gaye got enjoyment out of life, in fact he was larger than life. In his commitments to his friends, family and people in need.
Even in the last years, after his sight was going he still performed. He shared his talents for many fund raisers to help others. Whether I was driving him around,taking in his shows or just hanging out sharing old times, we always had a blast. Those are memories that will always bring a smile to my face and deep warm love to my heart. Gaye your a Star, always have been, always will be.
I am blessed and honored to have spent a great part of life with you.

Love and Prayers
Katherine Meichel
Katherine Meichel-Ouwerkerk
July 7, 2011
Patti and Lynda (Europa) send condolences to Janice and her family for the lost of their brother.
Patti and Lynda
July 6, 2011
My sincere condolences to family and friends.
I enjoyed Gaye's music and talent and he will be missed.
E. Gaye Hertz
July 4, 2011
You were always a good friend to me,played for openings at my gallery ,
my birthday parties and hours of guitar playing in my office.almost every week i heard from you with all the news and of course a bad joke or two.
miss you buddy!!
Matt Petley-Jones
July 4, 2011
"Uncle Gaye" - a part of the family; your jokes, smile and beautiful music will always be remembered by me. You've left many behind with broken hearts, but you are in good company up there. You will be missed.
Erin Hamilton (Langner)
July 3, 2011
Gaye, It was an honour to have known you. You were always so generous and funny. You are a Super Star and you will never be forgotten.
George Giesbrecht
July 2, 2011
Thank you for always making me laugh, thank you for your love and thank you for your beautiful music. I will miss you deeply.
Terri Harris
July 2, 2011
I am so saddened to hear of Gayes passing.My deapest sympathy goes out to all of Gayes' family and friends. I have known Gaye for going on 25 years. We had shared many many good times, good music and great laughs together.
He will be deeply missed.

With loving Memories,
Katherine Meichel
Katherine Meichel-Ouwerkerk
July 2, 2011
My husband and I had our second date listening to Gaye in Banff almost 20 years ago to the day! I always have good memories when I hear Sailor, Sailor!
July 2, 2011
I remember Gaye from many Folk Festival dates, a truly wonderful and exceptional human being, prayers and condolences to all family and friends, he will be missed but his musical legacy will endure
Bob Truchan
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