Honouring the memory of Margie MacMaster

‘She radiated warmth and compassion’

Published on May 22, 2014
Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church music director Jeff Joudrey sits at the new grand piano donated by the family of the late Margaret J. MacMaster. The piano will be dedicated during a ceremony on Sunday, June 1, during the regular Sunday service.

A dedication ceremony is planned for Sunday, June 1, for a grand piano donated to Trinity-St. Stephen's United Church by members of the family of Margaret MacMaster.

AMHERST – Many remember Margie MacMaster with great respect and affection.

She passed way prematurely at age 44 in September 1993.

Last October, the church council at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church was asked by her family to establish the Margaret J. MacMaster Memorial Music Fund within our church’s memorial fund.

The family (MacMaster, Morrison, Casey and Furlong) made the request with the intention of using the donated funds to purchase a grand piano for the church sanctuary, and to dedicate it in her memory.

Church council agreed with the request with the understanding that the project would not require any financial support from the church’s operating funds. The family further agreed to assume on-going financial responsibility for the piano’s maintenance.

In January, enough funds had been donated to make a significant down payment on a C7 Yamaha Grand Piano, which was delivered in mid-February and was used in a couple of recent events including the Pro Coro Canada and Toronto Children’s Choir concerts as well as the Trinity Youth Singers musical Oh Jonah!

The piano will be dedicated in memory of MacMaster during the church’s regular Sunday worship on June 1.

Music director Jeff Joudrey, who joined the church in August 2012, said the piano will enhance the church’s musical worship by offering another accompanying instrument for hymns, anthems, and other presentations.

It will be an invaluable support to the organizers of the Music at Trinity fundraising initiative and the sanctuary will offer visiting artists a superior instrument in an already superior performance space.

It will also become available to the broader community as a form of outreach from the church.

“Margie MacMaster made a significant contribution to our church. She was a very devoted choir member as well as a committed church member,” Joudrey said. “She radiated warmth, compassion, and demonstrated an understanding of the needs and concerns of others. It is so fitting that her family has decided to ensure that this magnificent instrument, in her memory, will find a home in our church. We are most appreciative of their leadership and generosity.”