‘Singing alderman’ passes away

A celebration of life will be held Thursday for Weir Muir, longtime Royal Bank manager in Langley and a well-known singing enthusiast. He passed away on May 22 at the age of 90.

He became known as the ‘singing alderman’ during his nine years on Langley City council.

Mr. Muir was born in Nanaimo. He began his career with the Royal Bank in 1938, and interrupted it for service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.

After the war, he returned to banking, eventually becoming manager of the Langley branch of the Royal Bank.

He co-founded the Langley chapter of the SPEBSQSA (First Capital Chorus) in 1969, and also sang lead in his own barbershop quartet. He was an avid songwriter and composer.

He was a member of Langley Memorial Hospital board, and served 10 years as president of Langley City Parks Foundation. He was a former president of the Langley Chamber of Commerce, and longtime member of the Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. Services will be held at Sharon United Church at 2 p.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

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