Margaret Williamina Zildjian
“Willi”
1929-2017

It is with deep, deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Margaret “Willi” Zildjian, the lifelong partner of our legendary founder and leader, RZ. Willi chose early morning Valentine’s Day to rejoin Bob, peacefully passing away in her sleep. Along with Bob, Willi was a tireless and dynamic force within the percussion industry, inspiring each of us in her beloved Sabian family to work harder, to reach farther and to make a difference.

We mourn Willi’s passing, and we will miss her for a long time to come. But we are better people for having known her and we are richer for having worked alongside her. We draw comfort from the knowledge that her spirit will live on in the music made by artists the world over.

Rest in peace, Willi.

My deepest condolences to Sally, Billy, Andy and all the entire Sabian Family. Mrs. and Mr. Persistence are together again and that should comfort all of us their fans and admirers of these wonderful couple. I'm more than Honored to play Sabian without Stop since I was an High School Kid in the 80's and one of my Dreams was to travel to the Sabian Factory and meet Bob, Willy, Sally, Billy, Andy and all the Great People like Mark Love, Allie Cougle, Dave Williams,etc. I Hope to do this one day soon and Feel 2 of the most influential people in my life Musically, Personally and Profesionally with their words of Wisdom, Endless Persistence and Empowerment. With Love and Respect: JOE - Joe ( Fishman) Ruiz
God's blessings on all family & relatives...... - Bruce Kremer
My deepest condolences to the Zildjian family and the entire family of Sabian for your loss. - Julius Petrus
Deepest condolences to the Sabian and Zildjian families. - Kevin Osborn
Our condolences to Andy, Sally and to the entire SABIAN family. - Juliano Waldman
My condolences to the Zildjian family and to everyone at Sabian. - Richard Sullivan
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Zildjian family and of course all the staff at Sabian. - Clint Diffie - Drum Alley
Willi was a remarkable person whose strength was obvious. My heartfelt condolences to her family and everyone at Sabian. - Lane Davy
I was lucky enough to have met this wonderful lady during two visits to the factory. Willi was very kind to this shy individual there by himself on the trip. She took a few moments as a crowd invaded her cabin to speak with me to make sure I knew I was welcome and should feel comfortable in their home....then got me a beer and showed me a multitude of pictures of famous musicians who had visited. She reminded me of my own mother and set me right at ease. - Tony Harrison
My Condolemces to the Sabian Family and Company of the passing of Mrs. Willi Zildjian. I will have you in my prayers - Chris Hart - Remo Inc.