Irv Lang – April 21, 1928 – Dec 25, 2016
Irv Lang was a founding member of our Victoria Accordion Club in 2002. He recently passed away. This is a copy of the obituary that appeared in the local media. He will be forever cherished within our music family.
Heaven Welcomes Home this loving husband, father, grandfather. To all who knew him, Irv will be ever remembered as a kind and gentle man with a wonderful sense of humour, enthusiastically embracing every day of life. He especially delighted in watching hockey, football, baseball ~ whatever sport was in season, was passionate about both performing and listening to music (favouring jazz) and above all was deeply devoted to his family.
At the age of 9, Irv began accordion lessons in Winnipeg Manitoba. In his early teens he and his parents moved to Vancouver where he continued his music lessons. His desire was to become a highly proficient accordionist. In his teen years he was hired by the Service Shows to entertain at various military locations throughout British Columbia.
As a young man he was hired as a staff musician on CKNW radio station where he worked for 8 years.
He established his own Trio and performed at most of Vancouver’s major hotels, including the Vancouver Hotel. In the early 1960’s he performed regularly and recorded with Dal Richard’s Band. During this time, he also performed, recorded and toured with King Ganam, a renowned country music violinist.
In the mid 1960’s Irv moved to Victoria where his Trio worked at many top restaurants and hotels including the Red Lion, the Oak Bay Marina and with his son Gord joining the Trio at the Empress Hotel.
Many fine young accordionists, among them one of BC’s champions, emerged through Irv’s expert tutelage. Irv also organized and directed the Victoria Accordion Club Band and held the position of President in its infancy. In July, 2010 the BC Accordion Society & Victoria Accordion Club presented Irv with with their first Lifetime Achievement Award.
In his early 80’s Irv was still performing as a soloist in a number of senior care homes and networking with many fine musicians.
Irv is survived by his wife Susanne, sons Gordon (Yvette), Brent (Jill), granddaughter (Marcelle) and grandsons (Stewart, Jesse and Reagan). He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all whose lives he has touched. …Until we meet again dear one… “Parting is such sweet sorrow…”
A Celebration of Life will take place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at First Memorial, 4725 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Victoria Hospice would be greatly appreciated.