In Memory of....
The New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival honors four who were sponsors and one who assisted the festival.
Eileen Kilday was a self-employed CPA for over 40 years working with not for profit companies. She was known for being a successful business woman. Eileen divided her time between New Smyrna Beach, FL and Lenox, MA. and loved traveling, gardening, long walks, and her beloved cats. She was a past President of the Canal Street business group for many years, assisting with many events including Blocktoberfest and the History-Mystery tours in 2008 and 2009. Eileen was a Jazz Fest sponsor since 2009.
Heidi Deleuil was born in Vienna, Austria and came to Cocoa Beach in 1985. She established Heidi’s Jazz Club in 1992. The Jazz Club has been a cultural fixture in Cocoa Beach, a venue for musicians and music lovers. Heidi made significant charitable contributions to her community, devoting herself tirelessly to local programs and schools. Heidi assisted Marc on several occasions to bring touring jazz musicians to the NSB Jazz fest and other events in New Smyrna.
Walter Kuhrt was born in Colon, Panama and prior to retirement he owned an engineering firm in Orlando, Kuhrt & Associates. Walter served in various roles in Orange County Florida including Interim County Engineer.
Walter enjoyed traveling extensively throughout the U.S. and the world, loved living on the water and sailing the open seas. His favorite spots in NSB were The Breakers and The Grille at Riverview. He was a sponsor of NSB Jazz Fest since 2004.
Walter Johnson was born in Deland and came to New Smyrna Beach in 1980 to purchase Settle Wilder Funeral Home, which he operated for forty years. He was active in the community and was past commodore of both Smyrna Yacht Club and Anglers Yacht Club. His hobbies included aviation as a licensed commercial pilot, which allowed innumerable trips to the Bahamas and other places, boating, fishing and playing the piano which he did at the Smyrna Yacht Club on numerous occasions. He enjoyed listening to the late Harold Blanchard playing improvisational jazz. Walter was a sponsor of the New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival since 2001.