We’re very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Gary Staiger, the owner of Omega Music yesterday (November 25th) from an apparent heart attack. Staiger was a former Air Fore medic who served in Vietnam, an activist who spoke out for peace and equality and was much loved by area record shoppers. Omega Music opened in 1983 in the Santa Clara district just North of downtown. The store moved to the Oregon District last month and has been getting settled in the new, larger space and adding inventory ever since. Gary’s excitement for his store’s new location was contagious, and his presence in the community will be missed.
Omega Music is closed today, but will reopen on Saturday, November 27 at noon. Please feel free to share your memories of Gary in the comments below.
Added on Sunday, November 28th from the Omega Music Facebook page:
There will be a funeral service for Gary Staiger. Monday, November 29th at Shiloh Church, at 7:00 pm; followed by a reception – fittingly in Omega Hall at the church. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family suggests that people honor Gary’s legacy by making their holiday purchases at Omega Music.