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Parry Zehr Biography

Parry ZehnParry Michael Zehr was a young, promising violin player who began playing at age five and competed successfully in many Kiwanis (winning first place at age eight) and other competitions. He achieved honours standing in his grade eight Conservatory examinations. He was a member of four orchestras: The Separate School Youth Orchestra, Kitchener Gospel Temple Orchestra, Rockway Mennonite High School Orchestra and the K-W Symphony Youth Orchestra. Parry died as a result of a bicycle accident on September 2, 1991 at the age of 17. 

The Marion Schweitzer Fund was established in 1996 by Marion Schweitzer, a Life Member of the Kitchener-Waterloo club who wished to honour Parry and encourage excellence in music at the youth level. Marion Schweitzer graduated from McMaster University in 1933, qualified as a Specialist in English and taught English and French at Kitchener Collegiate Institute for eighteen years.