The devastating loss of a child is something that no parent should ever endure, especially when the death is violent.
The last thing Trevor Massey and his wife Linda were expecting was an early morning visit from Toronto police informing them that their son, James, was murdered a short distance from their home.
Massey, 32, was killed in a midtown park by a gunshot blast at close range. David Ludwig turned himself into police a few days later and was charged with first-degree murder.
To perpetuate their son’s memory, the family has set up a scholarship in his name.
Massey’s body was cremated after a funeral service last Friday.
“Coming to terms with James’ tragic death will not be easy for this family,” said his distraught father, a past president of Wolmer’s Alumni Association’s Toronto chapter. “James was a wonderful son, brother and uncle. He comes from an extended family that simply adored and cherished him. Everyone will miss his ever-present smile, warm-hearted charm and infectious laughter. He was gregarious, loving and committed to his family and friends.”
The family patriarch also spoke of his son’s passion for music.
“He was an accomplished pianist and composer. As well, James was highly skilled as a freelance composer and mixer of audio tracks and revelled in those occasions when his works were used by the entertainment industry.”
When he was not in the studio, Massey could be found working as a contractor restoring buildings or on the basketball court.
Massey attended Allenby Junior Public and Glenview Senior Public schools and North Toronto Collegiate Institute.
The Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA) will administer the James Massey Memorial Music Scholarship.
“We see this as a scholarship that would be awarded annually to an eligible individual who is pursuing studies in music at a post-secondary institution,” said Trevor Massey who is a BBPA National Scholarship Program director. “Details regarding this scholarship are still to be determined but the expectation is to offer this year’s award to a student that will be entering university this year.”
The closing date for this year’s scholarships is May 25 at 4 p.m. They are presented in October.
Donations can be made to the BBPA National Scholarship Trust in care of the Black Business & Professional Association, 675 King St. W., Suite 210, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1M9.
Interested donors and scholarship applicants can also go the BBPA website at www.bbpa.org for more details.
BY RON FANFAIR