September 18, 2022.In Memoriam: Joël Guilmand, 86. (France)We are very sad to announce that on September 18, 2022, Marie’s husband Joël suddenly passed away by a heart attack. Marie and Joël Guilmand were André Rieu fans from the beginning. Since 1997 they attended concerts all over France, Cortona (Italy), Cologne (Germany), Vienna (Austria) and almost every year in Maastricht. The last time we met them was in July 2022 in Maastricht. They were great friends, very generous, with lots of humor. They enjoyed the concerts, the fan dinners, the fan picnics and always loved to dance to the Blue Danube.Our thoughts and sympathy go out to Marie and their family. We wish them lots of strength to bear this immense loss. Joël will be missed very much by the fans.
With the French speaking fan friends Mireille Jourdan, Francine Frère and Martine Calvinhac.
October 21, 2022In Memoriam: Jenny Wilkinson, UK.With great sadness we let you know that we have lost another André Rieu fan.Three years after the death of her beloved husband Tony Wilkinson (January 2019), Jenny has passed away. They lived in the UK on the Isle of Wight and attended several years the Maastricht concerts.Our thoughts go out to the family. May she rest in peace.
To read Tony’s “In Memoriam” on this fan website, click HERE and scroll down the page.
Jenny’s funeral ceremony is on November 9th 2022 at 12.45 pm, Isle of Wight Crematorium.The link to the online service is: https//Vimeo.com/766022836. Password 6962Z7ttK
November 3rd, 2022.In Memoriam: Helen Gray (85), Australia.Helen and Richard Gray joined the lively Victorian André Rieu fan group, led by Val Goodman, from the beginning.They also attended concerts in Australia, (the Christmas concert in Melbourne) and in Maastricht (2010).Her son Peter let us know about her passing away.Our deepest condolences go to Richard and the family.
Nov.4, Messenger: “Hi, this is Peter Gray, Helen’s son. We wanted to let you know that mum passed away, peacefully last night. She had a fall two weeks ago and developed numerous complications as a result. The funeral for Helen Gray will be held at St Paul’s Anglican Church, 2 Margaret St, Canterbury on Monday November 14th at 11am.”.
André Rieu was very popular in Australia and toured this continent for the first time in 2007. Jann Trevaud started an Australian fan website with warm connections to the Harmony Parlor and the Movies Site. She also initiated the start of FOUR Australian fan groups and one was the Victorian fan group, led by Val Goodman, with Helen and Richard as members. (Jann passed away in 2012, click HERE.)
Helen and Richard Gray in Maastricht.
Anna Gray (UK) and Helen Gray met in Australia!
A few of the FB comments on the Harmony Parlor fan group:Kathy Prater (NZ)Such very sad news.I met Helen and Richard when I attended a couple of the Victorian André Rieu friendship group gatherings and at several Melbourne concerts. Helen and I became FB friends because of André and I treasured her friendship. She will be missed by many. Sending condolences to Richard and to all her family and friends.Edwina MorganI'm so terribly sad to hear this news this morning! Helen was just a wonderful, beautiful lady and I will never forget all the happy times with her and Richard with the Victorian André group!!! Condolences to Richard and all of her family & friends!Chris MellorI was so sorry to receive this very sad news this morning. Helen was a lovely person, very sincere & caring, & my heart goes out to Richard & all her family. Our friendship was formed through our many years with the Andre Rieu Friendship Group, so there are many happy memories to hold dear. Helen always had a kind word & gentle smile. She will be sadly missed by many. With love.Berys McEvoySuch sad news to hear today. Helen was a lovely genuine friend. I will miss her very much. Our André Friendship group will never be the same!!! Rest In Peace my dear friend!
November 8, 2022.In Memoriam: Pierre Kartner, 87. NL.Pierre Kartner (artist name: Father Abraham) passed away on Nov.8th and was privately buried on Nov.11th. His life was completely devoted to music. He was a singer, (formerly) bassist, lyric and music writer and producer. He scored his greatest hits with “The Red Rose Café” (1975) and “The Smurf song”(1977). “The Red Rose Café” was recapped more than 250 times by other artists. With “The Smurf Song” he topped the charts worldwide. In addition, he gained fame with a large number of carnival songs. Click on the picture for more information.
December 19, 2022.In Memoriam: Angela Quy (Sydney, Australia)From Facebook by Angela’s daughter Danielle Pfitzner:“It is with great sadness that we share the loss of our beloved mum and Nonna, Angela Quy. Mum passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon December 17th 2022, in the presence of Steven and I after COVID took its toll on her journey of living with dementia. There are 487,500 Australians living with dementia and in lieu of flowers, we know Mum would prefer people to donate to dementia research. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and mum, particularly the wonderful and caring staff of The Gracewood and Dementia Australia. Funeral details will be posted in due course. RIP mum, your spirit will live on in our hearts forever”.
Margaret Sansom, leading lady of the NSW fangroup: “I was saddened to hear the news that Angela (the Princess) has passed away. Although we have not had contact for a number of years, I have fond memories of Angela. I met her back in 2008. She enjoyed attending concerts in Sydney and Melbourne, and other André Rieu related events including the Red Carpet Event and Blacktown shopping centre appearance, with us as part of the New South Wales André Rieu Friendship Group. She was so vibrant and fun-loving and always had a smile. For those of us who remember “aussiefansforandrerieu,” the Australian blog run by Jann Treyvaud (rest in peace), she was known as the Princess and was happy to be part of the fictional story about the Princess, Count Istvan (Steve Russ) and Mitzi.Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this time”.