Kaiso aficionados, community leaders, representatives of cultural organizations and friends of the late Dick Lochan packed the hall of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Scarborough on Sunday to bid farewell to the man popularly known in calypso circles as ” De Juiceman.”
Lochan who often presided at calypso shows as MC, would himself have been pleased with the turnout and the excellent musical performance which came after a memorial service led by Father Paul Feheley of St. Chad’s Anglican church in Toronto.
La Petite Musical of Toronto, undoubtedly one of the finest chroral goups in the city, put on a stirring performance , changing the mood in the hall from sombre to festive in celebration of a life well lived.
Members of Los Ketchos Assos parang band also gave a good account of themselves musically as did the calypsonians well known to Lochan who served for many years as president of the Organization of Calypso Performing Arts.
Also paying tribute onstage to the ” De Juiceman” were drummers from the Humming Bird Tassa and the Shak Shak ensemble, the official band of the Professionals calypso tent.
Lochan’s beloved Pass The Torch group also joined in the celebration which ended with a stirring rendition of “ It is well with my soul “ by Dennis James and the Professionals crew.
This lovefest . as kaiso aficionados would attest, was truly Dick Lochan- style.