Monday, April 7, 2014
To all friends, colleagues and admirers of Velazquez guitars,
It is with great sadness to inform the world that Maestro Luthier Manuel Velazquez, born on Tuesday, February, 20 of 1917, has passed away on Thursday, April 4th of 2014 at 11:20am at the age of 97 years old.
We, the Velazquez family are deeply saddened for our loss of our patriarch who lovingly cared for us. However, we are very grateful that he passed away in the comfort and peace of his home and around his family. As a man of humble origins, he requested for a simple cremation and small memorial service within the family. We hope in the near future to make adequate preparations for a guitar concert in memory of his life’s work.
We wish to thank all of his friends, colleagues and admirers for the wonderful recognitions and acknowledgements of his charming personality and dedicated artistry through his guitars. His wishes were always to be remembered as a simple man with a great love of the classical guitar. His passion will always be an inspiration not only for us, but for the whole music world who has heard or yet to hear of his instruments and great feats as a person.
Thank you for everyone's outpour of condolences during this time while we mourn and reflect from his wonderful and historical influence through his instruments.
On behalf of the Velazquez family,