My kind friend Verne Edquist passed away last week here in Toronto, at the age of 89. He was one of our city's top tuner/technicians, but retired early, before I met up with him. He had tinnitus, and wanted to leave his trade while he was still on top. I forget when he retired, but maybe 20-25 years ago. He was a humble semi-blind craftsman, whose tunings were perhaps abetted by his synesthesia.
One can hardly mention Verne's name without also mentioning the world-famous Toronto name Glenn Gould, since the two of them worked together for 20 years. Or better, Verne quietly endured the oddball artist for 20 years.
Six years ago I got together with a videographer to get Verne Edquist talking about his life. From his rural poverty childhood in Saskatchewan with an illegal immigrant father (who was deported back to Sweden), to a regimented school for the blind in Ontario, to work in Toronto piano factories, to eventual concert tuning for the likes of Serkin, Gilels, Bachauer, and Victor Borge. The interview turned out well, and if you have some time, you might enjoy it. There are 2 YouTube sequential videos, about 40 minutes each.
Here's #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGDnQNArQY
You'll find #2 if you wish.