In Memory

Herman C. Dilmore (Teacher)

Herman C. Dilmore (Teacher)

Dilmore, Herman C.


Herman C. Dilmore, suddenly August 4, 1992, at age 66. Survived by his wife, Margaret Dilmore;7 daughters - Karen Zielinski, Margaret Mary Dilmore, Heidi Dilmore, Nancy Sherwood, Marla Winn, Ellen Dilmore, Joanna Dilmore; 2 sons, Ward Dilmore and H. Charles Dilmore, 10 grandchildren and 3 brothers.

Friends are welcomed to attend a Service of Appreciation Thursday at 2 PM at The Merton H. Kays Funeral Home, 59 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls.

Friends wishing may contribute to a charity of their choice.


                                                                     Posted by the Owen Sound Downtown Improvement Area 

The Geogian Bay Symphony began over forty years ago, when local night school string players competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival. One of the Festival adjucators, Herman Dilmore, was so impressed with their musicianship that he offered to help them start an orchestra. Dilmore, who was a Music Professor at the University of Western Ontario, became the group's music director. In September, 1972, the Symphony became incorporated as the Georgian Bay Community Orchestra, and held its first concert with Dilmore conducting. In recognition of Dilmore's contribution, the GBS now presents an annual scholarship award in his name to eligible students of the orchestra.


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01/11/11 05:25 PM #1    

Donna Gehlert (Russell)

Mr. Dilmore and I met when I was in fifh grade, but since I had no interest in playing the clarinet, I knew him only as a very personable man, seeing him frequently in the halls of Jackson School as I collected the attendance cards. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting.

Our association became more personal when, in ninth grade, there was a need for violas in Sr. Orchestra and in Batavia Civic Orchestra, so three others students and I found ourselves in the portable building just north of the Jr.-Sr. High School building, violas on loan tucked under our chins and for two years had the privilege of learning from this remarkable man.

His red and white VW Bus was often packed with his students and driven to Eastman Theater in Rochester to attend concerts. We students in turn were taken to Batavia elementary schools to present demonstration concerts, usually in the gym, to students there.

In addition, his own nine children played instruments, and he directed orchestras in the Batavia area as well as Sarnia, Ontario, which eventually led to a professorship at University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. He still found time to write a series of books on violin pedagogy.  An amazing music career and remarkable role model. Thank you, Mr. Dilmore.

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