Edward Fabian Xiques Jr., 81 years old, of Truth or Consequences, NM, passed away on December 4, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM. Ed was born in Staten Island, NY on October 9, 1939 to Edward E. and Helen (MacFarland) Xiques.
Ed was a legendary woodwind doubler, composer and improviser, playing all the saxophones, flutes and clarinets. He traveled the world, working with a vast array of musical artists, both famous and obscure, always with the same focus, integrity and compassion.
Ed was a beloved and devoted teacher to countless music students who came to his home in Putnam Valley, NY. He'd often go overtime, lend out his personal equipment, attend student concerts... these being but a few examples of his generous spirit.
Ed grew up in Pelham Manor, NY. His father, who played saxophone in college, gave him his first soprano sax when he was 9 years old. He carried that sax to school everyday wrapped in a blanket. He graduated from Pelham High in 1957 and attended Boston University where he met the love of his life, Rosemary Biddy. After putting himself through college he received a BA in music education in 1962.
Ed considered himself a self-taught musician and continued to study music and composition for the rest of his life.
Ed’s family was of utmost importance to him. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; son, Thomas Gregory; grandchildren - Jack Basie and Isabella Rose; as well as his brothers - Pete, Robert, Chris, and Brendon; and his sister Helen-Louise. He was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Greg; and his parents, Edward Sr. and Helen.
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