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Elton "Smokey" John, bass player extraordinaire of City Symphony Steelband (T&T) and the National Steelband of Trinidad & Tobago (1960's), and founder of the Mississauga Academy of Steelband Music passed away yesterday in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  He was a pan pioneer in Trinidad & Tobago as well as Canada.  Condolences to his widow, Janet, and his family.  May God grant him eternal rest!

Ian Jones

Chair, Ontario Steelpan Association

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Was a great pan man. Rest in peace.



De Farmers Rhythm Section extend condolences to his family; He was a great soldier in the pan community.  Long live 'Train Smoke'...that's what my dad will call him before he evolve to 'Smokey"..May he rest in peace.

I grew up watching Smokey playing the Bass in 'City Symphony Steel Band' and at that time he was considered the be the best. We all got to go home at sometime and his time has come. He will be missed, especially for his jolly attitude and openess towards people. Condolenses to his bereived family - relatives and his host of friends. May he be in peace wherever he is.
My condolences to "Smokey's" family.  Smokey will be missed by the pan community and especially the Mississauaga Academy of Steelband Music.  May he rest in peace in the eternal embrace of our Lord.

My condolence to "TRAIN SMOKE" family, may he rest in peace. I have known train smoke way back in city symphony, he will be greatly miss


RIP Elton 'Smokey' John......Peace and sincere sympathy to his family. 

Condolences go out to Smokeys' family, friends and fellow panplayers. May he Rest in Peace.

    From Clyde Dookie, Jerry Bain and the entire membership of Panwaves Steel Orchestra, Cambridge. ON.

I am so sorry to hear of Smokey's passing.  He taught my nephew to love pan and play pan from the time he was a 7 yr old and kept him out of trouble and gave him confidence.  He is now 20 and still loves pan to death.   Smokey will be missed terribly by all his students and past students but he is already playing bass with the big ones in Paradise.  He was a good man.  My sympathy goes out to his family.

My condolences to my dear Uncle Smokey's family . . . Aunty Janet, Chauncey, Abdullah (Cory) and all the grandkids!!!!!!!!!!!!


As you join daddy (Fenwrick "Michigan" Noel - Former captain, arranger and tuner of City Symphony) in the BIG panyard in the sky, may your song always be heard by those of us closest to you!


May God help us all get through this time of great sorrow!

my condolences to smokeys family may he rest in peace

junior stowe

SMOKEY'S in The Stairway To Heaven


The Panpiper.

Funeral on Saturday July 22011 Erin Mills and Dundas, Mississauga. Viewing from 1-3pm


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