Donald Skuce

April 20, 1952June 10, 2018
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“Owner of Ed’s Music Workshop” Peacefully, at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, on Sunday, June 10th, 2018 in his 67th year. Beloved husband of Karen Page. Brother of Rosemary Menard of Toronto. Brother –in-law of Dan Page (Karen). Uncle of Laura Menard and Siobhan Page. Sadly missed by many friends and family. A gathering time of stories will be held at the COMSTOCK-KAYE Life Celebration Centre on Sunday June 24, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. In memory of Don, donations to Peterborough Musicians Benevolent Association (no receipts) or the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Special thank you to the PRHC nurses and staff for their kindness and care. Online condolences can be made at “A guitar guru to many Peterborough Guitars and Musicians.”


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Paul Novotny

June 24, 2018

It is with sadness that I can not be in attendance 'today,' to share memories of Dons contribution in the Peterborough music community. As a young Peterborough musician, during the three years that I performed at "Peppers" with pianist extraordinaire "Brian Browne," I would often drop into Ed's Music to discuss the art of instrument making and repair, specifically for electric bass. Don was always welcoming, sharing and inspirational.

I would like to extend my condolences to Dons family and the entire Peterborough music community.
He will be remembered with fondness by so many of us.

Paul Novotny

David Chambo

June 23, 2018

Don made it possible for every kid I knew to be able to own a guitar. His big heart and generosity are unmatched. The memory of seeing Neil Young in Ed’s music talking casually with Don was the single coolest moment for me when I was 16, especially when after walking into the store he looked past Neil and said “Hi David.” We will miss you Don but I will never forget you.

David Green

June 21, 2018

Karen and Rosemary. I am sorry to hear of Don's passing. I will miss seeing his smiling face in the office. I recall him telling me the story of Neil visiting the shop one day a few years back. He was like a big kid then and that is how I will remember him.


Erin Radoja

June 17, 2018

Dear Karen,
So shocked to hear of Don's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. I only met Don a few times. In my mind he was a wonderful source of knowledge into the perspective of a male yoga student! Thank you for sharing his insight and for being such a wonderful teacher and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Erin and Dan Radoja

Elaine Inrig (nee Healey)

June 15, 2018

Dear Karen and Rosemary:
I am a blast from the past (especially for Rosemary). My mother and Don & Rosemary's father were cousins Their mother, Mary, was a good friend to my mother Mary Healey. My fondest memory of Don is back in about 1966. We went to their home for a visit (I think it was on Philip Street) and Don and I ended up in front of his little portable record player where he played "Sloop John B" by the Beach Boys for me - I don't think I had an appreciation for the Beach Boys until Don opened my eyes. I have never forgotten that day. I met him again briefly when I met his lovely wife Karen Page in Lindsay.
As has been said by many who have known him well since, even then he was a kind soul with total enthusiasm for music. There is a special place in Heaven for Don.
He is gone too soon and my thoughts are with you and your families. Love Elaine

Mark Watson

June 15, 2018

Karen/Skuce Family,

I have known Don since I was a kid. I am very saddened to hear of his passing. He was a very nice man and had a profound effect on musicians / the music scene in Peterborough and beyond.

He was an incredible person and always had a handshake / hug whenever I saw him. RIP my friend!!!

Sincerest Condolences,

Mark Watson

Dave McLeod

June 14, 2018

Dear Karen,

Words cannot adequately express the sadness we feel for the passing of Don. He was a wonderful neighbour who made life on our street more pleasant by his kindness and generosity.

He often sat on your porch where we enjoyed stopping to chat with him, about the book he was currently reading, his latest guitar acquisition or life in the 60s. And of course, we have fond memories of listening to Don as he sat out front strumming his guitar in the evenings.

He will be missed. Please accept our condolences.

Ellen and Dave McLeod

murray sanders

June 13, 2018

We were saddened to hear that Don passed away. We love the spice of life that is music, and it sure was Don's passion. We met in high school and talked about musicians we loved. Don's music store was a labour of love. I would always drop in when coming back from the west coast for a visit. We would talk about concerts we went to, and of course vintage guitars. And there was always lots of laughs. If itwas a Les Paul for a touring band, or an acoustic guitar just to strum at home, Don Skuce could help you out. In that way Don touched a lot of lives. It's true to say that Don made a lot of lives better. What a legacy that is. We send our heartfelt condolences to Karen and family. Murray and Debbie Sanders

Maureen and Bob Lewis

June 13, 2018

Dear Karen,
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Dons' passing. We always enjoyed meeting up with you and Don at Mamas' Kitchen on Sunday mornings for a little breakfast with our conversation. He will be missed by many. Wishing you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
In Sympathy,
Maureen and Bob Lewis