So many of us at Humber Music are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Suyun Kim.
As Head of the Saxophone/Woodwind Department, I enjoyed a close relationship with him. He was a mentor to many of our students and a fine example of what can be achieved through complete dedication to one’s craft. As the teaching assistant in my first year master class, Suyun had a profound impact upon everyone that he touched through his supportive comments and inspirational performances. As we struggle to come to terms with our loss, our thoughts are also with Suyun’s family in their time of great sorrow.
"Funny how the person who always knew how to make me laugh, also reminded me that it’s okay to cry."
In the early hours of December 12th, Suyun Kim passed away in his sleep at the age of 29. Suyun will be remembered as a kind spirit and a beautiful musician; also as the loving husband of Jihye Choi.
I am blessed to have been able to call Suyun a dear friend, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to make music with Suyun for the past few years. Last Tuesday, a few hours before his passing, Suyun and I shared the stage at the Rex. In hindsight, neither of us could have anticipated that this would be the last chance we’d get to make music together; we parted ways with the usual "See you next time."
Until that "next time" comes, I will continue to draw inspiration from Suyun’s music, I will look for his smile in the faces of close friends, and I will strive to be more open and loving with everyone in my life.
Thank you, Suyun.
Derek Gray (2011 Humber alumni)