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Born: Jan 14, 1929

Date of Passing: Feb 14, 2023

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Walter Loewen, age 94, passed away on February 14, 2023 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
He was born January 14, 1929 in Winkler, Manitoba. After moving to Winnipeg, his father began a small second-hand business. After attending Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, Walter joined the business, which eventually grew into Yamaha Canada Music. He was also involved in various corporate boards, Christian charities, and his hobby farm in East Braintree, Manitoba.
Walter was predeceased by his wife Eleanor, his parents, William and Olga, his brother William, and his sisters, Vera (Enns) and Heidi (Willms).
Walter is survived by his brother Robert and his sons, Bill, Ron, Dave, and Ed. He leaves 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for spring.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 18, 2023

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • To my friend and first cousin once-removed, Bob. The influence the Loewen family has had on me cannot be understated. My father and I would travel from Winkler to Winnipeg quite often, so that he could buy wholesale dry goods for our store. Our first stop would be Loewen Piano House where as a kid, I would head straight for the player pianos. As a teenager, I was passionate about the clarinet and one day Walter called me into his office upstairs. He asked me what kind of a clarinet I would like to have. I told him and he immediately made a phonecall. A short time later and another trip to his office, I saw on his desk a large case containing a professional, top of the line matching set of A and Bb clarinets. I graduated with a music degree majoring in voice, clarinet and minoring in cello, while also studying conducting and piano, teaching band, and choral music from Gr. 5-12 in Altona part-time and later full-time. Within a few years, I was invited to become Head of the Music Department at University of Waterloo based at Conrad Grebel College after achieving a post-Masters degree in orchestral conducting at University of Madison Wisconsin. The life was too theoretical for me and one day at a wedding, I expressed my reservation to Bob and he encouraged me to start a piano business. I eased out of academic life and started a piano business which I had for 30 years. Walter would once again come into the picture years later when I would phone him to find out certain trends in the business. Without hesitation, he would tell me what he knew. Of course, I would phone Bob what must have seemed to him to be twice a week for advice. The piano store subsidized a wonderful conducting career giving me time to study in preparation for directing the various choirs and orchestras, specializing particularly in oratorios. My sincere condolences to family members. Bill Janzen Jr. - Posted by: Bill Janzen (first cousin once-removed) on: Feb 19, 2023

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