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RIP: Sheldon Sazant of Steve's Music

Canadian Musician is shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Sheldon Sazant, the long-time general manager of Steve’s Music’s flagship Montreal location, as a result of kidney cancer. He was 58.

Sheldon began his career at Steve’s Music in Montreal as a part-time employee in 1978 and essentially grew up in the store.

“I started one summer in 1978 for Mr. Steve Kirman, working in the warehouse moving boxes, going crazy,” Sheldon recalled in 2015 as part of NAMM’s Oral History Program. “I was going to school at that time. I finished school three years later with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology, and this is what I chose to do with it because Steve said, ‘What are you doing with your life?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know?’ So, he said, ‘Would you like to become a manager for me on the floor?’ and the rest is history.”

Unique among life-long MI professionals in not being a musician himself, though no less passionate about music, Sheldon was beloved by co-workers, suppliers, and customers throughout his long career in the industry for his kind nature.

We send our deepest condolences to Sheldon’s family, co-workers, and many friends.

The family's obituary reads:

Peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Thursday, January 23, 2020. Loving husband of Della. Beloved father of Samantha, and Joshua. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Howard and Gail and, Jeff and Francine. Proud uncle of Jordan and Sevia, and Kelsey. Cherished son of the late Lucy and the late Herky and son-in-law of Teri Druick. Sheldon will be greatly missed by all his cousins, friends, Steve’s music store family, and all whose lives he touched. Special thanks to the Cedars Cancer Centre and the Royal Victoria Hospital for their care, kindness, and devotion.

To watch a segmant of NAMM's Oral History interview with Sheldon, go HERE.

Funeral plans have been announced for Sheldon.

Funeral Service
Paperman & Sons
3888 Jean-Talon St. W., Montreal
Sunday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m.

Burial at Eternal Gardens Cemetery, Beaconsfield. Shiva at Embassy Suites (Hilton), 208 Saint-Antoine St. W., from 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., daily, ending Wednesday evening.

Donations in Sheldon's memory may be made to the Donald Berman Maimonides foundation 514-483-2121 ext. 2207 or the Cedars Cancer Foundation, 514-656-6662.

For more information on funeral and Shiva plans, and to leave condolences for Sheldon's family, go to www.paperman.com/en/funerals/2020-1-26-sheldon-sazant.

UPDATE 2: Michael Kirman, the VP of Steve's Music and the son of the company's late founder, Steve Kirman, has shared his heartfelt thoughts with CM on his life-long friend and mentor. Michael shares:

"In short, I’ve know Sheldon practically my whole life. As a child Sheldon was bigger than life. One of my Dad’s most trusted up-and-coming managers. It was the team of Sheldon and Dave [Gantz] throughout the '80s to present. My father always thought of everyone who worked for him as family, something I’ve learnt and still value. So did everyone who became part of that inner circle. We were all each other’s family.

In 1988 at 15 turning 16, wanting to work to get my licence and the freedom of a car, I couldn’t just go work for my dad. I had to interview with Sheldon and Dave (pretty sure in retrospect I would have gotten the job regardless). So from that point, my mentorship with Sheldon started. Over the past 30 years (wow, just scary thinking of that) of learning and working, our relationship from student to peers to taking on the role of boss, Sheldon has always been one of my strongest shoulders and supporters.

"More than co-workers, back to how we are all family, Sheldon was like that big brother/cool cousin you alaways wanted to see. he always had a huge smile and a big hug (bear hugs run in the Sazant family). He had a way to make every client and co-worker feel important.

"I’ve shared every major moment with my Steve’s family. Sheldon was at my bar mitzvah, my wedding, and the birth of my children. When my father passed away, he was there, and his parents [passed away] so close in time with mine. We shared a special bond over that.

"Trade shows with Sheldon – for those who ever went to a MIAC, AES, or The NAMM Show with him – was like seeing him in at his best. Everywhere you went, everyone knew Sheldon. Smiles and hugs. Lots of hugs. No one shook Sheldon's hand at a meeting; he was everyone’s family.

"Talking with Jeff (his brother) earlier today, we summed up Sheldon in one word – love. That’s was his life, his passion, everything he touched.

"I’m going to truly miss him. Like my late father, I think of them both every day."

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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