Colin Frederick ‘The Chief’ Jarman

December 9, 1950 – August 14, 2021
Jarman – Colin Frederick, known as “Chief” to his students, passed away August 14, 2021 at the age of 70. Colin was born in Leistershire England on December 9, 1950,
immigrating to Maple Ridge in 1957.
He will be sorely missed by his loving partner Janice Dodd, Aunt Mollie Fairey, son Kelly Dolloway, Granddaughters Harmony and Lola, nephew James Jarman (daughter Jessica), Stepdaughters Michelle McLean (Darren) and Marcy Mailloux (Brad) and other dear family, students and friends.
He is predeceased by his Nan Margaret Male, Mother Joan Phillipson, Brother Phillip Jarman, Uncle’s Derrick Male and Jim Fairey and prior partner Candace Mailloux.
In 1967 at the age of 17, Chief began teaching guitar at Crocker’s Music in New Westminster. Later he opened Jarman Music in Maple Ridge where he was surrounded by his beloved Fender guitars. He was a talented guitarist, studio musician and teacher extraordinaire with credentials from the Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, Jazz Arrangement at the University of Las Vegas, and classical studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, England.
While in England, he undertook private studies with rock’n’roll “Electric Monster” guitarist “Big Jim Sullivan”and while in the States with Jazz greats Barney Kessel and Joe Pass.
Colin instructed Jazz Harmony Classes while at the Royal Conservatory and later in the States taught private-student-sessions at GIT in Los Angeles. At April Music in England he was a Studio Musician and Score Transcriber involved in studio work with bands which included Mott the Hoople, Medicine Head and Golden Earring on their iconic recording Radar Love.
Upon his return to Maple Ridge he passed on his broad musical knowledge to many – legend has it up to 50-students a week – while doing studio work with the CBC and Movie Score Consultation with Tri-Cam California for the Movie Free Willy 3.
Thank you Chief -Wish You Were Here
A special thanks to the kind doctors and nurses at Ridge Meadows Hospital for their ever-loving care in such trying times.
A Celebration in honour of Colin’s Life will be held October 19th, 5 pm – 8 pm at The Ranch Pub & Grill at 21973 132nd Avenue, Maple Ridge. In order to help with staff venue planning, please drop an email to if you plan to attend.
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