Edward Farmilant, Guild Service Awardee, Passes Away at 86

Edward Farmilant, former Guild trustee, National Guild Service Awardee, and founder of the Southwest School of Music and PRIME School of Music, passed away at his home in Tucson on February 15. Mr. Farmilant began his career as a nursing home administrator at the Martha Washington Manor on South Drexel Ave in Chicago. A lover and supporter of the arts, he was a lifetime honorary member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

“Known for his intelligence, integrity, humor and generosity, Ed sought to live and die with dignity. He led his life as an example to his children and grandchildren, and to society as a whole, on how to break down societal barriers based on age, race, and gender, and how to treat everyone he met with humanity and respect,” Edward’s obituary reads.

Edward served two terms on the National Guild board, during which time he was instrumental in advising the creation of the current online Resource Center. In the National Guild’s bio for Edward when he received the Service Award it was noted that: “Ed has flunked Guitar 101 three times.  He faults the teachers for thinking that tempo is important, saying ‘where is the creativity in that’?”

Published: March 07, 2018