By Stan Szymkow, Special to the blog
Warren Stirtzinger, a great musician and human being, passed away Sunday, December 4. Way too early… way too early for all whom he touched.
I’ve played in bands with Warren off-and-on for the last 43 years. It seems like yesterday, when we played our first “jam” together. Then, it was in a real band, Stan Drobnich and The Variations. So many bands and jams and good times. Always good times, because of one simple thing: Warren was there to make me, or anyone else in the band, sound GOOD. That was his mission.
Warren could do everything, including rock or funk or polka or jazz-fusion or straight-ahead jazz or Dixieland-traditional. He accomplished that playing a “mean” guitar, bass guitar, banjo or ukulele. When accompanying me, he just had that special touch, making me stand out during a solo, or ensemble playing. That was the music end of it.
He also was a great friend…a listener. Great sense of humour. Great sense of comedic timing. Any kind of encounter with Warren always resulted in a few laughs; or, “My God, what a solo, man”; or, a few tears.
These last few days, though, there have been many tears; yet, many everlasting memories brought forth. Good memories of my dear friend and musical partner-in-crime, Warren Stirtzinger.
Rest In Peace…
(Stan Szymkow is a well-known musician in Niagara and beyond, and was for many years a close friend of Warren.)