WATCH: Montreal says goodbye to Daisy Sweeney
Daisy Sweeney, a beloved piano teacher to thousands of Montrealers including some jazz legends, was laid to rest on Saturday with a musically-harmonious funeral service at Union United Church in St-Henri.
"My mother lived in the Montreal community and brought that community together on one bench. Every language, every colour, every creed walked through her home and learned to love each other," her daughter Sylvia Sweeney said before the service.
Sweeney taught over 2,400 students in her lifetime, by one estimate, including her brother Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones.
During the service, Jones performed Peterson’s rousing 1962 composition, ‘Hymn to Freedom’, joined by fellow Juno Award-winner, singer Kim Richardson.
"Recognised as one of Oscar Peterson’s most significant compositions, Hymn to Freedom was written in 1962 and swiftly embraced by people the world over as the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement," according to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Jones' entire performance with Richardson is viewable below.
Meantime, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has said a street will be renamed in Sweeney’s honour, likely in her home neighbourhood of St-Henri.
Just spoke to my brother Oliver Jones. I promised him we will make sure there will be a Daisy Peterson Sweeney street in her honour shortly pic.twitter.com/03El7mYJWs— DenisCoderre (@DenisCoderre) August 16, 2017
“She was a guiding light,” said Coderre. “When I was listening last night to Oscar and Oliver’s music, the soul related to it – now we know that a big part of it was Daisy.”