WALTER MONY 14th April 1929 to 1st January 2009
1st Jan 2009 - It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Walter Mony in the early hours of 1 January 2009 after many months battling debilitating and painful cancer. Stoic to the last and determined to return to work on Monday, he went into the hospice at Jubilee hospital in Victoria for pain monitoring two days ago and unfortunately his system was just too debilitated to cope with another medication regime. Although unable to speak, a few hours earlier he acknowledged his visitors and kissed his wife Ann good night.
WALTER MONY has conducted orchestras and choirs, adjudicated international competitions/Eisteddfods, lectured and conducted string clinics in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, New Zealand, South America: Argentine, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay.
His repertoire encompasses the standard orchestral Symphonic and Concerto works, Operas and Operettas, Broadway and British musicals. A specialty of his, which has received critical acclaim, has been the premiere performances of contemporary and avant-garde works
He would have wanted to tell you one of his never ending supply of jokes about now -laughing raucously at the punch line enrolling you into a cacophony of mirth. His family and many friends will no doubt fondly remember him in this way alongside the serious professional musician, teacher and mentor he was to the many he touched.
Walter is at peace now and although his work could never have possibly been finished on earth, wherever he is now we are sure he has already accepted a new project - fiddle in one hand, baton in the other.
Musical tribute by Walter's grandchildren
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the music played at the memorial
On the 26th December 2004 Walter Mony moved to Vancouver Island, BC Canada and was appointed to the
Head of Strings in January 2005 at
Victoria Conservatory of Music.