We have recently learned with great sadness of the passing of three long-time CAMMAC members. We’d like to extend our sincerest condolences to the families and friends of Micheline Tanguay, Elias Kulukundis and Davis Joachim.
MICHELINE GALIBERT TANGUAY
April 14, 1930 – April 4, 2020
It is with great sadness that we recently learned of the death of Micheline (Galibert) Tanguay, a few days before her 90th birthday. After a surgery, she was spending her convalescence in a CHSLD in the Laval area, and was swept away during an outbreak of COVID-19 in this institution. Micheline had been a member of CAMMAC for decades, and was an extraordinary volunteer for CAMMAC, particularly for the Montreal area, for over 40 years. In addition to her organizational skills, Micheline, who had received a solid musical training at the Conservatory, was a talented and enthusiastic clarinetist, a long-time member of the Montreal Cammac Orchestra, and an excellent photographer, and her photographs often illustrated CAMMAC newsletters. Micheline leaves three sons to whom we wish to offer our condolences.
July 23, 1937 – July 3, 2020
We have recently learned that Elias Kulukundis, CAMMAC’s good friend and most important donor, died earlier this fall at the age of 82. Elias, a descendent of a Greek shipping family, was the author of several books and was living in recent years in New York and in Berlin. He attended CAMMAC for several years particularly between 2000 and 2010. He enjoyed singing and sang solo on several occasions. He loved the fellowship of people at CAMMAC. Elias financed CAMMAC’s concert hall in the new building and named it after his late wife so it became Lucy Hall. He also financed the tennis court at CAMMAC and made several major gifts over the years. Even as his death neared, he was in discussions with us about making another important gift to CAMMAC. He will be missed by all of his friends at CAMMAC and remembered for his down-to-earth way of interacting with CAMMAC and his important generosity to CAMMAC.
July 20, 1949 – October 27, 2020
From Ray Sealey – “It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Davis Joachim. He was a fellow guitarist, a fellow arts administrator and colleague and friend through the CAMMAC organization where we both taught for many years. He was a versatile and excellent guitarist who also loved the idea of making things happen in the musical community. His obituary exemplifies what he meant to all of us who work in that branch of the arts – much of which is outlined there.
We often spoke of our similar career paths: guitarists, teachers, performers and then into administration. Davis was my predecessor as Executive Director of I Musici de Montréal, a post which I took not long after my retirement as Executive Director of CAMMAC. Fond thoughts and my deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.”