Its is with great sadness that the Executive Board of the Classic Country Music Reunion reports the sudden passing of the man viewed by many as the “Founding Father” of the CCMR.
After a brief illness Lorne Hachey passed away on Wednesday January 30th at the Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket at the age of 77.
Some 22 years ago Lorne and some of his country music pals from over the years started the CCMR weekend. It was their desire to stage an annual event where players and fans of traditional country music would come together annually to play their music, enjoy each other’s company, and encourage others (including the young people) to continue on the traditions of traditional classic country music. Quite frankly they were tired of only seeing each other at funerals.
As many of us gathered at the funeral home in Port Perry on February 4th and 5th to say farewell to our good friend it was amazing to look around the room and see how many people knew each other well. At times it was like a who’s-who from Canadian Country Music past. Yes Lorne your idea worked and is still working. You’ve brought the Classic Country Music community back together again. It is thriving as well as growing!
Those who knew Lorne well know that he is happy having been reunited with his beloved Joan who passed away last spring Somewhere on the other side a man wearing a funny little hat, red plaid shirt, bluejeans and running shoes is standing on a stage with his guitar… singing his songs, telling his jokes, and making people laugh.
The Classic Country Music Reunion weekend will continue, and this year it’s more important than ever that you be there to help continue the legacy in his honour. See you in Trenton, August 1, 2, 3 and 4, 2013.