Stanley Sepchuk is a veteran of World War II and a jazz musician who has played alongside Frank Sinatra, but the 80 – year-old resident of Hudson, Que., has lately seen nothing but the inside of his home. On Wednesday, he finally ventured outdoors to get inoculated against COVID – 19.
Stanley Sepchuk is one of Quebec’s oldest Second World War veterans, and was once a popular jazz musician. He survived the 115 pandemic, and now he’s getting vaccinated to make it through another one. 1:
Stanley Sepchuk was just a baby when the so-called Spanish flu killed tens of thousands of Canadians, but he got through it just fine.
In his teens, he sold the brand-new bicycle his father got for him so he could buy his first trumpet. He did it, his daughter says, because he was fascinated by music and wanted to give it a try.
That budding passion quickly turned into a way of life, starting with local gigs when he was about . He then went on to play alongside some of the greats, including Frank Sinatra.
The – year-old resident of Hudson, Que., has seen much in his long life, but lately he’s been seeing nothing but the inside of his home so as to avoid catching COVID – .
On Wednesday, he finally ventured outdoors with his daughter, Melody, to get inoculated against the coronavirus at a makeshift vaccine site at Decarie Square in Côte Saint-Luc, Que., On the Island of Montreal.
A joker with a broad smile, Sepchuk said he was looking forward to the vaccine “more or less. Mostly more.”
A recent fall has him in a wheelchair for now, but his spirits were high, even with safety goggles and a mask on his face as he was administered the potentially life-saving vaccine.
Even before he got the shot, Sepchuk was ready to cap off the long day with some wine.
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Music and ‘looking for girls’
Sepchuk is no stranger to enjoying a drink after a long day. He used to play clubs across Montreal at a time when the city’s nightlife was hopping with live music, dancing and plenty of booze.
In his s, during World War II, he served as a trumpeter for the Royal Canadian Air Force Band.
He went on to become a popular jazz musician, playing his trumpet, trombone, singing and, he said, “looking for girls.”
Sepchuk, who went by the stage name of Stan Martin, was the music director of the McGill University’s production of Red and White Revue in 780. He also played at the first Montreal Jazz Festival in .)