A memorial service for Lou Dubilier was held Wednesday afternoon, May 30, 2012, at Ohavey Zion Synagogue in Lexington, KY. Many NHB band members joined his family and friends to bid farewell to our great saxophonist and musical colleague.
Louis David Dubilier, M.D., 77, died peacefully at home on May 28, 2012, surrounded by loving family. Dr. Dubilier leaves behind a loving wife of 53 years, Vera (”Vinnie”); four children, Karen Dubilier (Greg), Gerald Dubilier, Ellen Joffe (Colyn), and Sandra Meyerowitz (Victor); and seven grandchildren, Alex and Gabrielle Dubilier, Morgan. Connor and Jason Joffe, and Laina and Zev Meyerowitz. Lou’s family members are familiar faces at our concerts, and our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Dr. Dubilier was a former member of the University of Kentucky Medical School faculty and has been a well-known pathologist in Lexington and surrounding communities from the late 60s until he retired in 2005. In addition to music, Lou loved tennis and was an accomplished artist in the field of enameling.
A full obituary of Dr. Dubilier appeared in the Wednesday, May 30, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader, and is available on line at www.legacy.com.
Saxophonist Lou Dubilier joined the New Horizons band in the spring of 2008 when it numbered 21 members. From that day until his last rehearsal April 28, 2012 — when we numbered 43 — Lou was a major contributor to the development of the band musically and in many other ways. He loved teaching and helping people play music. When the band needed a place for business meetings, he and Vinnie opened their home for the event. They also hosted many rehearsals of smaller band ensembles. Lou modestly made available his considerable business leadership skill to band . Always ready with encouragement, a joke, and a flashing smile, Lou Dubilier was just a delightful human being to be around. Lou was a source of strength and courage. He wanted to play in the April 29 spring concert and made it for dress rehearsal, but was jut too ill to continue.
Lou was an accomplished musician and a marvelous saxophonist, playing all kinds of music in many area bands like the Men of Note, the Young at Heart, and New Horizon concert and jazz bands. His distinctive sound ranged from Bach to Rock with beauty and feeling.
So, after a moving and prayerful service last Wednesday afternoon, friends and family adjourned to the fellowhip hall where a bunch of Lou’s old band buddies put together a rousing session of Dixieland and big band music as a fitting tribute to their old pal.
Lou leaves a big hole in our band. But through recordings, photos, and memories, his beautiful sounds and smiling face will live on in our hearts forever.
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