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Mark Watkins posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 27, 2019From 1970 through 1995, Ed and I saw each other almost weekly as founding members of the East Wind Quintet. Ed was our rock-solid dependable flutist, I played oboe and English horn, Carl Kohls played clarinet, Deirdre Stam (see her lovely condolence message above) became our bassoonist in the mid-1980s, and we worked through a variety of horn players. Often we rehearsed in Ed's living room, through which we came to know Ed's wonderful family, and they learned to abide us. Ed was an amazing sight-reader. Once when I urged Ed to play a passage as I would have played it, Ed listened patiently and then softly and without rancor said, "I don't prefer to play it that way." He was probably right. Sadly his hearing loss in later years compromised his own enjoyment of our ensemble playing, leading to the eventual disbanding of our band. I am glad to have shared so long an association with such a fine musician and gracious gentleman.
Debbie Crossman posted a condolence
Monday, August 26, 2019My deepest sympathy Barb and family - Ed was the sweetest, kindest man I ever met. I know how sorry he is to leave you all, but so happy to reunite with Mar’Louise, Paul and the rest of his family. Keeping you all in my prayers - Debbie
Susan Tomb posted a condolence
Thursday, August 22, 2019My deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of your dad, Batbara. May good memories sustain you through the difficult times. He was a wonderful gentleman and he loves you all so much. Prayers for peace and comfort are going out for you. Hugs.
Deirdre Stam posted a condolence
Thursday, August 22, 2019I met Ed Balian when I joined the East Wind Quintet in the 1980's. Ed was indeed a fine, sensitive, and expressive flutist in a somewhat quirky group made up of two mathematicians, latterly a doctor, and me, a bassoonist/library science faculty member. Ed provided ballast to the group which practiced in his living room and performed in a variety of libraries, churches, wedding celebrations, and living rooms. Always the gracious host, Ed was unflappable, dependable, and fully engaged in as fine music-making as we could manage, both in rehearsal and at performances. I'm sorry we lost touch over the years but the group dispersed eventually due to moves, declining health and the intrusion of other responsibilities in our lives. I occasionally saw Ed in more recent years while he took his daily walk at Shopping Town. A gentle and quiet giant of a man, he brought out the best in those around him. I learned a great deal from him and music (and decency) and am truly sorry that I did not tell him this when he was alive. I hope this heart-felt tribute can be some small consolation for his family and close circle who must miss him dreadfully. Sadly, Deirdre C. Stam
Debra DeSocio posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 21, 2019Heartfelt prayers and thoughts for the passing of your dad. He was a wonderful man,who we enjoyed chatting with at St Paul’s Armenian Church. Hugs and love to you and your family. The Coyle family. Betty Coyle, Debra DeSocio, and Donna Coyle
Robin Hiserodt posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 21, 2019Barb, my deepest condolences on your Dad's passing. I will miss his blue eyes smiling. The chance for the dance has passed but he will always be in my heart! A million hugs back. Robin
Leonard Levy posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 21, 2019A wonderful gentleman and neighbor for over 50 years. Indeed, a life well lived. RIP my friend.
Stan Seymour posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 21, 2019Barbara Ann, my sincere condolences to you. I very much appreciated the time I got to spend with your Dad.
Lorraine Albertson posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 20, 2019What a beautiful life Uncle Eddie had. Sending you all mountains of love from Montana.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019