Jamie Kean Passes

Jamie Kean Passes

Jamie Kean from Audio Operations passed away on Sunday, April 28,

As well as being a respected pro audio professional, Jamie was also an amazing guitarist

Jamie played guitar in the Bob McBride Band after Bob had left Lighthouse.
Skip Prokop (Paupers and Lighthouse drummer) was Jamie's brother-in-law.

Jamie worked for Power Supply Sound and Hudson Music in the early eighties.
With partner Malcolm Buchanan, they launched Audio Operations Ltd in 1985

From long-time friend, Brian Chadwick: "Jamie and I first met the summer between kindergarten and first grade and we were friends ever since. We moved in different directions after high school and saw each other intermittently until a couple of years ago. Sitting and talking, it was as if no time had passed and we had seen each other the day before. I was devastated when I heard he was ill and was in the hospital.

Of the many memories I hold, the one that springs to mind is when he got someone to bend a long metal tube to make monkey bars for his bike, then labored to make a banana seat, put the bike together and learned how to do wheelies. That lad could ride a bike on one wheel for blocks at a time and was the first one in the neighborhood to have such a bike. Typical Jamie.

After hearing his diagnosis, I’m thankful that he didn’t suffer but I’ll sure miss him. He was a good-sized chunk of my childhood memories and I can’t believe that he’s gone. Rest easy my friend, you left a mark on everyone who met you and tons of great memories. Love ya my brother and see you on the other side. "

Colin Bernard from Lectrosonics, says: "Sad news indeed as I knew Jamie since coming to Canada in 89My sincere condolences to his family and Malcolm and all at Audio Operations.

Bill Coons from Contact Distribution said: "His two most endearing qualities was that he was gentle and fair - which is why he was such a pleasure to do business with. Two traits unfortunately not that common in business these days.

Wish I knew him more on a personal side."

From Chris Church at Church Audio: "My condolences to you and his family. I worked for Audio Operations on and off doing some shows for them like the Canada Day shows i even did a few installs for them. He was a nice guy. And he will be sorely missed."

Friends will be received at the Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville, ON, (647) 957-8776 on Thursday, May 2, 2024 as of 9 a.m.  Following visitation, James’ Funeral Mass will be take place in St. Christopher’s Parish (1171 Clarkson Road North) at 11 o’clock. 

In honour of James and the generous problem solver that he was, please consider memorial donations to the ALS Foundation of Canada instead of sending flowers.  Donations will help them in funding research for a cure and would be preferred by the Kean family.

Obituary: arbormemorial.ca/en/glenoaks/obituaries/james-arthur-kean/123159.html