"My wife (Paula) and I returned from Florida on March 17th with COVID 19. Paula recovered by early April but my symptoms were more severe and I developed double pneumonia. I needed to be in the ICU for 10 days with oxygen, antibiotics and many needles. My quaratine from family ended May 12th, Paula and I are finally together again. COVID 19 is NASTY!" G. Billows (May 22, 2020)
Harold “Cass” Casselman (1922 – 2020) was a very respected and dedicated member of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA) for 70 years. He started Barbershopping in the Brandon and Neepawa Chapters in 1950. Cass was the 1985/86 Winnipeg Chapter president, 1983 Barbershopper of the Year, recipient of the Dorothy Casselman Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002, served in many Chapter leadership roles, and was a quartet man (Vocal Point, Generations of Sound and Suburban Knights) - received 10 Quartet of the Year awards. In the Barbershopping world, we say that Cass has joined the Chapter Eternal. He was a fine gentleman and a proud Baritone. Donations in his memory can be made to singcanadaharmony.ca.
Submitted by Gordon Billows on 6/1/2020
William (Gord) Southam (1935 – 2020) was a very respected and dedicated member of the Winnipeg Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA). Gord joined the Winnipeg Golden Chordsmen Chorus in 1970 and enjoyed singing Barbershop harmony for 49 years. He served as the Chapter’s House and Wardrobe manager for many of those years and was the Membership VP in ’88. Although Gord was not very active in recent years, he was a regular attender at the Annual and Christmas shows. He continued his singing with the Happy Homesteaders Chorus. Gord was a generous supporter of Sing Canada Harmony. In the Barbershopping world, we say that Gord has joined the Chapter Eternal. He was a fine gentleman and a proud Lead singer.
Submitted by Gordon Billows on 6/24/2020
Paul was a wonderful, thoughtful and caring husband to Helen, father and father-in-law to Michael and Heidi, and Shannon and Keith, grandfather to Cameron and Tavia, and brother to Norman. His loving personality and offbeat sense of humour will be missed by all of us in his immediate and extended family, and his wide circle of friends.
A private ceremony will be held at B'nay Abraham Cemetery on June 16.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Chabad-Lubavitch of Winnipeg, 204-339-8737.