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Borivoj Jack Jack Krajicek

December 17, 1928 - August 19, 2016


Borivoj (Jack) Krajicek

(Friday August 19)

Jack Krajicek recently passed away in Kootenay Lake Hospital at the age of 87 years. He will be always remembered and deeply missed by his daughter Marianne, as well as by his sister Ludmila Knoppová and brother-in-law Herbert Knopp of Brno, Czech Republic. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Rita Kimpton, nephews David and Peter Kimpton and niece Jenny, all in the UK. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean in 2013.

Jack lived in many places, and touched many lives. He spent a happy childhood in what is now the Czech Republic, where he developed his life-long love of nature, history, languages, literature and music. His subsequent escape from the Communist regime, his life in Austrian refugee camps and his determination to make it to England are testimony to his convictions and perseverance. Once in England he continued his violin studies and met his future wife, with whom he shared many years of love and loyalty. He was a gifted violinist and music teacher, both privately and in schools in and around London.

It was a trip to North America that introduced him to the Rocky Mountains for the first time, and convinced him to move the family to Canada when the opportunity allowed. He taught the Suzuki violin method in Edmonton for a number of years, and it gave him enormous pride that some of his former students have gone on to play in orchestras and other professional groups. After retirement, he and Jean moved to Nelson, a city they had loved from summer holiday visits, and that allowed them to live amongst the mountains. Jack has been described as a true gentleman, an intellectually curious, knowledgeable and fiercely independent man who valued life, love and freedom, and who showed courage and integrity to his last day.

Special thank-yous are due to Dr Keith Bridger for his years of past care, and to the friends and neighbours and to the Home Care nurses and Home Support staff members, whose collective generosity and dedication allowed Jack to remain in his home almost to the end. Immense gratitude, too, to the staff of KLH’s Third-Floor medical team for their exceptional care of Jack in his last days.


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From: Alexe Finlay
Relation: Close friend since 1963

Borek, you were my teacher, my mentor, my inspiration and my friend from the first day I came to you for violin lessons. You and your beloved Jean welcomed me into your home, and you drove endless miles to be our orchestra string teacher. I shared all my important decisions with you for your advice. It was a wonderful bonus to share such special days in Nelson with you both. You were such a wonderful, knowledgeable and brave person and you are always in my heart and I will always love you so very dearly.

From: Bill Saliken
Relation: Neighbor and Friend

Ever since first meeting Jack and Jean after they moved into my neighborhood, I couldn’t help but notice their quiet sincerity and harmony. Jack, you were full of kindness, cheerfulness, and had an understated confidence that made you stand out from the crowd. An intelligent and articulate man, he knew innately what was important, and what could be let by. I will miss you, Jack, just as I will miss Jean who went ahead of you. Enjoy her company again, buddy!

From: Verna Saliken
Relation: Friend and Neighbor

Jack was a remarkable man who, along with Jean, stayed strong through everything that came his/their way. I was fortunate enough to know Jack and Jean in that they opened their home and hearts to not only me, but to my animals as well, and treated me more like family than a neighbor or a friend. Jack stood by me when I was doing my education in Selkirk College, overseeing my exams and signing off on them. I will never forget this and I will never forget you, Jack. You and Jean will always hold a special place in my heart, now until the end of time. I chose not to say good-bye as good-bye is so final. I chose instead to say see you later, and I wish you and Jean eternal happiness and love now, as you shared in life. Always, Verna.

From: Jennifer Bustin
Relation: I was his student for many years.

My condolences to Marianne and her family. My siblings and I studied with Mr. Krajicek and I pursued a career as a professional violinist. Thanks to his kind and careful teaching I have had a long and rewarding career – and I’m playing his wonderful old Italian violin. He gave my career a big head-start by passing part of his studio in Camrose to me when he retired and I continue to keep a full teaching studio, hopefully following in his generous footsteps. Thank you Mr. Krajicek for everything!

From: Alan Fielding
Relation: Father of one of his students

I recently learned that Mr Krajicek had passed away and wanted to send my condolences to his family. I am the father of Ariane Fielding and often accompanied her to her violin lesson with Mr Krajicek in Camrose. I was always impressed by his kind manner and his gift for teaching. We are better for having known him. Kind regards, Alan Fielding

From: Kate Svrcek
Relation: First violin teacher

I was sad to learn of the passing of Mr. Krajicek. He was my first violin teacher 28 years ago. I will always remember his kind eyes, his patience, and the warmth of his presence. He is still one of the only people I have ever met with a last name like mine!! I recently learned that Jack was proud and delighted to hear that I had gone on to become a professional violinist. It means so much to me to know that he was proud of my accomplishments, and that he would remember me all these years later. I am so fortunate to have had him as a teacher and will always remember him fondly.

From: Clifford & Carol Anderson
Relation: As a violin teacher

We have just received an e-mail from Jennifer Bustin sent to our daughter, Chenoa Anderson. We are sorry to hear of Jack’s passing. We’re the parents of four of Jack’s students in Edmonton. Jack also taught my husband, Cliff, for a few years as Cliff tried to keep up with our children. I spent many years in your basement studio watching Jack teach our youngsters–always with patience, care, and an obvious love of music. I also enjoyed many cups of tea prepared by your mom, Jean–such a wonderful treat! Jack was a very patient, gentle, instructive teacher. He provided a great musical foundation. Chenoa went on to become a professional flutist with a Masters in Music from UBC. She specializes in contemporary Canadian classical music. Aiyana continued violin studies and also attained a Masters in Music from UBC. She has followed a career playing violin in Symphony Nova Scotia and with the Edmonton Symphony as well as teaching violin and playing in various ensembles. Our two sons, Mika and Tawa, continue to enjoy music as a hobby, and have their five children involved in musical studies. Cliff still takes out his violin daily and finds that the concentration allows his Parkinson’s tremors to abate. We deeply respect and appreciate Jack’s musical and teaching abilities. How fortunate we are to have experienced his expertise!

From: Judy MacDonald
Relation: friend and student

I was very sad to hear of Jack’s passing. It was my son who saw the obituary notice and forwarded it on to me. One day while I visiting my mother, my son Neil who was just shy of 4 years of age, was watching TV and happened to see a program involving the Suzuki method of teaching very young children the violin. He was terribly excited about learning to play and this was how we met Jack. Both my young sons took lessons from Jack, and because a parent was required to share half the lesson with very young children, I learned to play as well. After the boys stopped taking lessons, I continued my own lessons with Jack who introduced me to famous violinists and music I probably would not previously have appreciated to the extent that I do now. It was Jack who developed in me a love of violin music and who was largely responsible for teaching my eldest son that not only a love of music, but practice and determination are necessities to develop success with any instrument. He was a wonderful teacher: kind and sympathetic and as a teacher myself, I especially appreciated his patience with students like me who had the love but not the talent to play and master this beautiful but difficult instrument. He had a great sense of humor and even though he wanted and tried to make violinists out of his very young charges, he understood when students may have come unprepared because of homework, school functions or hockey practice. I will never forget Jack or the joy he gave me in attempting to play the Bach Double Concerto with my son. God bless you Jack for adding additional appreciation of an instrument to a family who already loved the piano classics and who now has a better understanding and love of stringed instruments. We will never forget you.

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Special thank-yous are due to Dr Keith Bridger for his years of past care, and to the friends and neighbours and to the Home Care nurses and Home Support staff members, whose collective generosity and dedication allowed Jack to remain in his home almost to the end. Immense gratitude, too, to the staff of KLH’s Third-Floor medical team for their exceptional care of Jack in his last days.

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