RIP: Peter Walker

Peter WalkerWe at Canadian Music Trade were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Roland Canada National Service Manager Peter Walker. Paul McCabe, president and CEO of Roland Canada, sends the following message:

“One of Roland’s guiding principles is to Be The Best, Not The Biggest. Balancing integrity, stewardship, and a deep care for the customer, Peter Walker exemplified this for more than 25 years, inspiring colleagues in his unique, humble, and graceful way. Not only was Peter a world-class service technician who often provided insightful solutions to challenges for our engineers in Japan, but he was an accomplished musician and team leader, who garnered loyalty and respect from employees and customers alike. I and his colleagues were shocked and deeply saddened by his sudden passing last Wednesday, and offer our most heartfelt condolences to his loving family and close friends. We are all missing you very much in these moments…”

Peter’s friend and colleague Peter Lafferty, BOSS Sales Manager at Roland Canada, also writes, “Very saddened and shocked by the passing of my friend and coworker Peter Walker. Peter was a well respected guitarist in the Vancouver music scene, and as the National Service Manager at Roland Canada he helped many musicians with a deep care and commitment to excellence. Peter was known to say, ‘No one’s ever in a good mood when they arrive at the service counter,’ yet his care, compassion, and expertise was felt by all of our customers, regardless of the complexity of the problem! I knew Peter as a great lover of the blues, and he played it so well. I feel blessed and proud to have known him and called him my friend, and as I pick up my guitar today to play some blues in his honour, I hope to do him proud… Condolences to his wife Jill, his three children, and all his family and many friends. Petwal, as I called him, you will be sadly missed. Rest in peace my friend!!!”

We at CMT send our deepest condolences to Peter’s family, friends, and colleagues. He will be truly missed.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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