Music Man Extraordinaire
Quan Le, beloved family man, colleague, teacher, musician and friend passed away on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 at the age of 38 years.
The greatest joy in Quan’s life was his family. He is survived by his wife Wanda, and their three darling boys Gavin, Benjamin and Gabriel; his parents Lich van Le and Don Cao; his siblings Mai Jocson (Rey), Vinh Le, Binh Le (Wendy); his mother and father-in-law, Jim and Lena Workman; his brother-in-law Jason Workman (Sarah); nieces and nephews Jessica, Jonathan, Emmy, Lennon, Anna and Thea. His family will forever miss his warm sense of humour, captivating imagination and the joy he brought to their lives.
Born in Vung Tau, Vietnam, on October 6, 1979, Quan came to Canada with his parents at the age of one, where they settled in Nelson, BC, and later Calgary, which has remained his home ever since.
Quan discovered the trombone in junior high and went on to complete Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Education at the University of Calgary. Quan worked at the Calgary Girls’ School teaching elementary music, junior high band, and choir where his commitment and talent for working with youth shone. Over the course of thirteen years, his ensembles received numerous awards at the local, provincial, and national levels. Mr. Le was a much-loved teacher and he continued to inspire students long after they left the school.
Quan’s passion for music extended well beyond the classroom; he served on committees with the Alberta International Band Festival, Choir Alberta, and on the Board of the Calgary Civic Symphony. Quan’s love of performing continued throughout his life, playing trombone with the Calgary Civic Orchestra. More recently, Quan dedicated much of his time and energy to composing and arranging music, as well as instilling a love of music within his boys; a legacy that will continue on through them.
Loved by everyone who knew him, Quan was a caring person with a generous heart. His warmth, wonderful smile and easygoing personality drew people to him and will be fondly remembered. As well as a cherished husband and father, he was a man of integrity and character, an inspiring mentor to his colleagues, students and friends.
He is remembered and missed every single day.
Go and play or listen to some music that fills your heart with goodness. That's what Quan would tell you to do.