In memory of

Walter Homburger, CM

January 22, 1924 -  July 25, 2019

It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of Walter Homburger, CM on July 25, 2019 at Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre in Toronto, Ontario at the age of 95. Beloved husband of Emmy (Schmid) during their 58 years of marriage. Dearly loved father of son Michael Homburger (Olivia), daughter Lisa Noel (Richard). Sadly missed by his four devoted grandchildren Ella and Oscar Homburger and Sara and James Noel. Cherished by his brother Peter Homburger (Ruth) and nephews Phil (Debbie), Dave (Michelle), Steve (Teresa), and Drew (Amy). Predeceased by his brother Wolf Homburger (Arlene) and nephew Paul (Donna) as well as niece Joanna (Britton), and cousins Eve (Jacob) and Ann Homburger, including their extended families. Loving brother-in-law to Sylvia Schmid and Uncle to daughters Krista Schmid (Christian) and Karin Reid (Cameron) with their loving children Adrian, Marco and Juliette. During a long and distinguished career Walter's passion for the Arts influenced many, both locally and globally, throughout the performing arts community. Walter will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by those whose lives he touched. The family wishes to thank the staff of Sunnybrook Veteran's Centre, Christie Gardens Assisted Living, and all of the respective caregivers and support workers who have touched our family's life. A private cremation will take place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at or 416.598.5311 and to the Walter Homburger Scholarship with the University of Toronto Faculty of Music at or 416.978.0811.

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Sean Howard (Brother of Lisa Noel (Homburger))

Entered July 29, 2019 from Alberta

May Walter, such a great man and survivor find peace. May my Lisa and family find warmth from the memories of a most notable, giving mensch (good person), and outstanding member of our society. My heart is with all the Homburger and Noel members, and anyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

Felicity Vincent Black (ex wife former TSO conductor Andrew Davis)

Entered July 29, 2019 from London UK

Dear Emmy,
It's a long time ago now that our paths crossed but I want to send you my deepest sympathy at your loss of Walter, and to thank you for the kindness that you showed me in my short time in Toronto. I enjoy hearing about the orchestra from my very dear friend Winona Zelenka and so know how recently Walter was enjoying concerts with you. The music he helped to promote is still there for you to enjoy, and for many generations of Canadians to come. Keep well. Liebe Grüsse, Felicity

Gitti Krisper-Berka (friend of the family)

Entered July 29, 2019 from Vienna

The friendship goes back to my father and the parents of Emmy. I got to know Walter and his lovely family better, when I was 17. We went on holidays, Lisa and Mike were children, and every minute was managed by father Walter. This impressed me my whole life, his fatherhood's kindness. What a great man. Thank you for everything.

Mary Lou Fallis and Peter Madgett (Member of TSO bass section for 30 plus years and soprano soloist for many performances with the TSO over the years.)

Entered July 29, 2019 from Port Hope, Ontario

An inspired manager who saw the big picture for the orchestra’s future. He turned a city orchestra into an international institution by astutely researching trends in the symphonic world and also wooing big time talents to the TSO stage. He was friends with many of the artists and managed and gave advice to others.
A fixture on the Toronto Classical music scene, his vision and love of the art form will be missed.

Susan Ficek and Damien Frost (Neighbour)

Entered July 29, 2019 from Toronto

We were very fortunate to have Walter and Emmy as neighbours. Walter was gracious, generous and modest despite exceptional achievement in the arts .He introduced many exceptional musicians to the Canadian public and to the world. We were lucky to have known him.


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