Merlo, Capt. Frank, CD, OSJ (6 Jul 10)
CAPTAIN FRANK MERLO, CD, OSJ, Director of Music for the Governor General’s Horse Guards Regimental Band, passed away in Toronto on July 6, 2010.
Frank’s association with the Regiment and the Band began in 1979 and for over three decades he literally dedicated his life to both. As the current Senior Director of Music in 32 Brigade, his knowledge and advice was highly sought after and the support he gave to each Commanding Officer ensured that the Regimental Band could always be counted on to provide the right ceremonial touch to any occasion.
Beyond the military his role as an educator was equally remarkable and generations of students have benefited from his expertise as a vocal music teacher with Toronto District Catholic School Board. His presence in the Regiment will be missed for any years to come.
The Regiment was Frank’s life and we intend to show our everlasting gratitude to his family for his service and dedication to us for over 30 years. This tragedy will affect us all in some way. However, we will soldier on and proudly provide the appropriate support from the Regiment.