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Darryl Eaton
In Memory of
Darryl Eaton
1940 - 2018
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Condolence From: Howard Rowe
Condolence: I am so sorry to hear of Darryl's passing. I knew Darryl for a short time when he came down from Toronto to play lead trumpet for Disney on Ice in Rochester, NY. I was so impressed with his kindness and ability and am not at all surprised to learn of his success as a mentor and teacher. Working with him is a fond memory. My condolences to his family.
Saturday June 02, 2018
Condolence From: Howard Knopf
Condolence: Darryl was my first super hero musician when I was a little boy several years younger in Woodstock, Ontario. He played in the Lion’s Club band and left for the big city and the RCAF just as I was starting up. He was tall, handsome, kind to younger kids and genuinely inspiring – and a real superstar in that realm. And yet, very modest. He was ultra-cool in a very genuine way long before it was cool to be cool. I was thrilled to later play with him in Toronto at various gigs, including the National Ballet, during my brief musical career. He had a wonderful career and was one of the rare musicians who mastered both the classical and jazz genres. I’m sure he was a fantastic teacher, husband and father and grandfather. I had been thinking about him lately and reminiscing about him with another old friend from Woodstock. I’m so sorry that I had lost touch with him over the years. My condolences to Tim, Brian and Brenda who I fondly remember and to his family.
Wednesday May 09, 2018
Condolence From: Julie Holt
Condolence: My deepest condolences. Mr. Eaton was a wonderful teacher, role model and person.
Some of my fondest memories of high school were of music class and Darryl's dry jokes, as well as our trips to Montreal as a music class with Mr. Eaton leading the way. He will be deeply missed.
Saturday April 14, 2018
Condolence From: Stephen Gould
Condolence: I met Daryl over 50 years ago when we were students at Berklee. I was from Toronto and he was from London, Ontario. Our being Canadian created an instant bond and that meeting turned into a friendship that lasted a lifetime. At Berklee, we hung out together and he played and conducted some of my music. After graduation, I stayed in the States and Daryl returned to Canada. I remember visiting Daryl in his hotel room in Boston when he was on tour with the National Ballet of Canada. Every time I pass that hotel I think of him. When I returned to Toronto to visit my family I often called Daryl. I remember him coming to my parent’s house at least twice. I can still see him standing there in the kitchen. The last time I saw Daryl was probably 7 or 8 years ago. He was a good-looking guy in his younger years and very distinguished looking in his later years. We met at Dundas Square and spent the afternoon walking, talking about music and music education -- and laughing a lot. When you were with Daryl you always laughed a lot. He had a million anecdotes and almost as many jokes to share. I will miss his 3 Stooges like laugh. The last time I spoke to Daryl was on the phone. Our conversation was somewhat fragmented but it was wonderful to reminisce and share memories of our time together. I will always remember Daryl as a funny, good guy -- and a great musician who was able to comfortably transverse all musical styles as a trumpet soloist, ensemble player and conductor. Daryl was a musician’s musician.
Saturday April 14, 2018
Condolence From: Neil Christoffersen
Condolence: Condolence From: Neil Christoffersen
Condolence:I had heard many great things musically about Darryl before we where on a Garden Brothers Circus gig together when I was 17 in 1974. I was awestruck! His lead playing was superb and his story were fantastic. I would see Darryl and Anita from time to time when our sons were young for a swim at my house. It was always a pleasure to see them. Of course I would pick his brain for "trumpet secrets" and more stories.

You will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace Darryl.
Friday April 13, 2018
Condolence From: Pat LaBarbera
Condolence: I first met Darryl in Berklee in Boston in 1964.We shared ensembles and classes together.Later we played on Buddy Rich's band.When I moved to Toronto Darryl had moved back to Canada and we played and taught together with Phil Nimmons.I always enjoyed his humor,and teaching style. He will be greatly missed.Goodbye old friend.
Friday April 13, 2018
Condolence From: Nancy Patterson
Condolence: Darryl was always so encouraging and gentle with his words at practices at Burlington Concert Band. I never knew how many famous bands he played with on the big stage. Humble, amazing performer, reliable - all characteristics I strive towards. Darryl will be missed. My sympathy to your family.... hugs
Friday April 13, 2018
Condolence From: Wally and Jean Manning
Condolence: We were sorry to hear of Darryl's passing and send our condolences to all of his family. Wally has fond memories of playing with Darryl in the Lions Club Band in Woodstock when they were in their teens. Wally's dad, the conductor of the band, recognized Darryl's amazing talent in those early years. When Darryl was conductor of the Brampton Band, we were privileged to attend one of the summer concerts in the park. May your good memories help to sustain you at this sad time.
Thursday April 12, 2018
Condolence From: RJ Falconi
Condolence: Anita: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of your loss. Darryl was such an inspiration to many. His legacy will live on in the hearts and souls of all and especially those of us who are musicians.

Brad: Your Dad was clearly and incredible inspiration to you and developing your incredible musical talent. I will ( nor will my guests) ever forget the memorable performance your quintet did at my home at an HSSB Fundraiser I hosted. He will be missed. But you will carry on his legacy. He will always be in our hearts.

RJ Falconi
HSSB Board Member
Thursday April 12, 2018
Condolence From: David Craig
Condolence: Thoughts from Montpellier, France. Darryl and I shared two important things in our life. First, our strong desire to challenge our students to be the best they could be. The second was our great love for jazz music. Some of my finest moments at Mayfield were spent with Darryl, watching him work with his classes and leading his groups on music night. His great skill with the microphone and his fine sense of humour were memorable. He brought honour and recognition to the school along with John Chalmers in winning Down Beat Jazz awards. The successes at Music Fest Canada were also incredible. As well, I will always remember the time I spent with Darryl at IAJE workshops in LA, Atlanta and San Antonio. I giant has left us. Our thoughts and prayers to Anita and family. David and Christine Craig
Wednesday April 11, 2018
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