July 23, 2018: In Memoriam: Bill Henderson, (94), New Zealand.This morning we received the sad message that our dear friend Bill Henderson has passed away on Monday July 23rd 2018, at the age of 94. Bill, accompanied by his daughter Barbara, attended many André Rieu concerts all over the world. For several years in a row they attended the Maastricht concerts and recently (November 2017) we met Bill and Barbara at the fan dinner and André concert in San Jose, California, USA. They traveled all the way from New Zealand, sightseeing the USA West Coast, posted a picture of a tour to Mount Rainier, which is the highest volcano of the State Washington, near Seattle! Bill loved the André Rieu concerts and the fans. And the fans loved him. He was a blessed man to have a daughter like Barbara who took him everywhere. Our sincere condolences go to Barbara and the family. Bye bye Bill, we will never forget you. Rest in peace.
July 29, 2018.In Memoriam: Krystyna Pasnik (52), Poland.Today we received the following message by Kenneth Baker: “It is with sadness in my heart that I must inform you that Krystyna Pasnik died this morning due to complications with her diabetes. I am heartbroken. I lost my best friend and partner and will always treasure our time and memories we shared together. Rest in peace my sweatheart. Yours always, Ken”.We have met Krystyna and Ken several times in Maastricht, 2015, 2016. Even this year! In the third week of July 2018 we met Ken and Krystyna in Maastricht where they enjoyed the André Rieu concerts. It is hard to believe that she now has passed away. Apart from her interest in André, Krystyna was a very skilled tailoress, who specialised in military dress uniforms for members of the UK forces. Krystyna hailed from Poland but lived in the UK. Our deepest sympathy goes to Ken and the family. We wish you strenght to bear the loss. Krystyna was only 52 years old.
Click HERE to go to“In Memoriam” page 2.(2017 and first half of 2018).Click HERE to go to“In Memoriam” page 1.(2012 - 2016).
September 20, 2018.In Memoriam: Douglas R. Whalen, USA (75).We were saddened to receive a message informing us that our dear friend “Santa” Doug has passed away at the age of 75. We have known Doug and JoAnn for a long time. They were big André Rieu fans and together we attended concerts in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Maastricht, Amsterdam and Toronto. We’ll never forget Doug’s kindness, humor, friendship and fun, during all these years. We’ll cherish these memories in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy goes out to JoAnn and the Whalen family. Dear Doug, thanks for your friendship. With love from Ruud and Ineke from Holland.
From Facebook, by Doug’s son James Whalen.Today the world lost a great man. A true friend to all. To me a man who lived to a standard far greater then most today live by. To me he lived by a set a morals and standards that has been lost from generation to generation and has almost been forgotten.The definition of old school. He truly lived by sharing, helping, and giving, and making others smile. Weather it be from occupation, music, magic, charity, dressing up like Santa, or taking someone fishing, or any talent or skill he possessed that could make someone else's day better. If you needed help or a smile brought to your face he could find a way to make it happen. A true renaissance man. He was a Navy Corp Man, Portsmouth Police Detective, A commercial pilot who flew organs, Director of Dialysis at Portsmouth general hospital, a business owner of multiple business, a magician, an outstanding pianist, a great husband, a great grandfather, and to me the best Dad ever. Douglas R. Whalen, I will miss you to an extent that no one will ever know. Rest, at last rest, if anyone has ever earned it, you did. Every day I will try to live and perform to the standards that you worked so hard to instill in me. I love you dad. And I will always wish that I would have had one last chance to tell you.
October 28th, 2018.In Memoriam: Helen Barcroft, USA (72).From Facebook, by her daughter Audrey Barcroft Owens:“It is with sincere sadness I share the sudden loss of my amazing mom, Helen Barcroft. She passed away peacefully on Sunday evening (October 28, 2018) after a short illness. She will be missed every day by all who knew her, especially her beloved granddaughters”.And she will also be missed by all of the André Rieu fans who knew her. She was an enthusiastic member of the Harmony Parlor. Our sincere condolences go to the family. We wish them much strength to bear the loss.
Helen’s obituary with the Memorial Service information.Helen M. Barcroft, age 72, died on Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Howard County General Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Kilmallock, County Limerick, Ireland, to Patrick and Mary Dinan and was the youngest of three daughters. As a youth, Helen traveled and lived throughout Europe until she came to the United States at age 20. She soon met and married her husband Harry and began a new life in America. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister Peggy. She is survived by her sister Mary Sheehy, her son Brian, her daughter Audrey (Duane) Owens, and her two granddaughters, Virginia and Fiona Owens. Helen will be remembered as a loving, selfless care giver to her patients and to all who knew her. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10 am at Bethel Baptist Church, 4261 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.