GEORGE BROUGH Pianist, Organist, Harpsichordist, Opera Coach. Born Boston, Lincolnshire, England, February 25, 1918; died Toronto, Ontario, September 15, 2015. ARCM 1938, FRCO 1938, LRAM 1943, D.MUS (Oxford) 1943. Predeceased by his parents and four siblings; survived by nieces and nephews in England; mourned and missed forever by his friend and companion of 43 years, Simone Desilets and by his many colleagues and friends. George immigrated to Canada upon completion of his studies and quickly entered into the musical life of the country, first in Halifax and then in Toronto and nationally, working with organizations such as the Canadian Opera Company, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the University of Toronto and York University, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, The Banff Centre where he spent 41 summers as collaborative pianist and opera coach. He continued to provide secure musical support for hundreds of performers, from students to professional artists, until into his late 80s. Music was at the heart of his life. His natural ability to make musical sense on sight of any score put in front of him, no matter how diverse or difficult, made him much appreciated and sought-after in the musical world; his natural quiet charm earned the affection of many. More information about his many musical activities over 65 years can be found in part in The Canadian Encyclopedia. Funeral to take place at Chapel of St. James-the-Less, St. James Cemetery and Crematorium, 635 Parliament St., Toronto, on Thursday, September 24th at 2:00 p.m.; celebration of life is planned for a later date. Heartfelt and lasting gratitude to the caring staff at Kensington Gardens, where George spent the last 3 years of his life. Donations in his memory may be made to one of George's favourite charities: Oxfam, The Salvation Army, Save the Children Canada; or to any musical organization.
Published in Toronto Star on Sep. 19, 2015.