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We at UMFM would like to send our sin­cere con­do­lences out to the friends and fam­i­ly of Chuck Green who passed way over the week­end. Mr. Green was a strong pro­po­nent of Winnipeg’s music scene for more than 30 years, and his pres­ence will be missed immensly.

From today’s Win­nipeg Free Press:

THE city has lost its most famous Zoo keeper.

Chuck Green, co-own­er of the Osborne Vil­lage Inn, which includes the bars The Zoo and Ozzy’s, died on Fri­day at the age of 54. Green had dia­betes requir­ing him to be on dial­y­sis for 20 hours a week, along with kid­ney and liv­er problems.

Green was a big sup­port­er of the Win­nipeg music scene and boasts a list of friends that includes music roy­al­ty and local bands that played their first live shows at the Zoo or Ozzy’s. Since pur­chas­ing the hotel with his broth­ers Cole­man, David and Rick in 1978, thou­sands of bands have played on the venue’s two stages, includ­ing Nick­el­back, Lee Aaron, David Wilcox, Voivod, Soul Asy­lum, Black Oak Arkansas, Max Web­ster, the Guess Who and Sacrifice.

Green had a sol­id rep­u­ta­tion with every­one he dealt with, from musi­cians to the media. He is sur­vived by his wife Ruth; son Louis and daugh­ter Min­nie; his father Ernest; his three broth­ers and sis­ter Cheryl.

He might have best been known as a busi­ness own­er and local music pro­mot­er, but fam­i­ly was the most impor­tant thing in his life.

I’ve done a lot of dam­age to my hands and feet — I’m in con­stant pain — but I’ve nev­er had to wor­ry about a pay­cheque. My broth­ers have always been there, run­ning for me and pro­tect­ing me. This place could burn to the ground and I wouldn’t shed one tear. But fam­i­ly… that’s real­ly all you have,” he said dur­ing a 2007 inter­view with Win­nipeg Free Press writer David Sanderson.

A grave­side ser­vice will be held at Rosh Pina Ceme­tery, 2795 Main St. on Tues­day at 10:30 a.m. with a meal of con­so­la­tion to fol­low at at Etz Chaim Synagogue.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­i­ly has request­ed dona­tions made to the Cana­di­an Kid­ney Foundation.