Garry Lowe, bassist for Big Sugar, dead at 65

Garry Lowe, bassist for legendary band Big Sugar, passed away Saturday, July 7, at the age of 65. He made fast friends with Johnson, himself a bassist and huge reggae fan. Lowe was a featured player on nine of Big Sugar’s albums, from 1992’s self-titled release through 2003’s Hit & Run. A gentleman and a player. Gone too soon. I met a woman the other day who sings for a livin’ and she told me ‘no…
— The Trews (@thetrews) July 7, 2018

We just learned of the passing of musician Garry Lowe of @Big_Sugar_Music.The big man on the bass. May you Rest In Peace Garry.
— Lowest Of The Low (@LowestOfTheLow) July 8, 2018

Garry Lowe was a fantastic bass player and was always a very affable dude. Z98.9 Red Deer 30th Bday Party. We were blessed to be on life’s journey together. He quickly became a respected and sought-after bassist in the city’s reggae scene, often playing with bands at the Bamboo Club on Queen. Condolences to his family and to the guys in Big Sugar @Big_Sugar_Music RIP Garry Lowe
— Danko Jones (@dankojones) July 7, 2018

#RIP #GarryLowe of Big Sugar.
— THE ROCK SOURCE (@RockSourceMag) July 7, 2018

RIP Garry Lowe of @Big_Sugar_Music. “He was my greatest musical collaborator, our wisest elder. We had a blast playing with Alex Lifeson at Danforth Music Hall…
— Big Sugar (@Big_Sugar_Music) December 5, 2017

Tributes began pouring in Saturday morning as the news spread of Lowe’s death.  By 1994, Lowe had joined Big Sugar and is featured on some of the band’s biggest and best loved songs. Woke up this morning to the sad news that Garry Lowe has passed into the next…beautiful soul, beautiful music RIP. Lowe was a founding member of Culture Shock, one of Toronto’s most popular reggae bands. Our condolences go out to all of Garry’s family, friends and fans everywhere. He’d fought cancer for two years, privately, according to the band.
— Big Sugar (@Big_Sugar_Music) November 10, 2017

“We lost our dear brother and sweet friend Garry this morning,” said Big Sugar singer Gordie Johnson. Please remember Garry Lowe in all your thoughts and prayers.”
Lowe, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, moved to Canada in 1976. We were blessed to know him and share his music. — The Miss Emily (@TheMissEmily) July 7, 2018

The band’s official statement ends with this:
“Rally around the Lion.” When Big Sugar went on hiatus in 2003, Lowe formed the Truth and Rights Revue with fellow Big Sugar member Mojah, a band that played together for a short time and released one album. A huge talent and mega loss for our Canadian music scene. Nov 10th Big Sugar and The TrewsW/ special guests Iron Buffalo. Garry Lowe is calling all the youth! Among his final performances, Lowe played alongside his friends in Big Sugar and Alex Lifeson of Rush at the Danforth Music Hall in December.
Garry Lowe, bassist for Big Sugar, dead at 65