PPBSO In Memorium
Wednesday May 17th, 2017
Pipe Major for the Air Command Pipes and Drums and PPBSO Adjudicator Thomas (Tom) J. Brown passed away, peacefully, on May 16, 2017.
Thursday March 16th, 2017
The PPBSO is profoundly saddened by the passing of lifetime member Reay Mackay. Reay was a highly respected adjudicator, instructor, Pipe Major, and former competitor. He will be greatly missed, and our deepest condolences go out to Reay’s family and friends.
Sunday February 5th, 2017
Geoff Neigh passed away this morning as a result of his long struggle with ALS. Geoff was a long time member of the Society, an accomplished judge, and a volunteer who committed countless hours as a member of the Music Committee and as its Chair a few years ago. Geoff’s influence on piping in Ontario and the PPBSO has been tremendous, and its absence a loss for us all.
On behalf of the PPBSO, we give our deepest condolences to all of Geoff’s friends and his extended family.
Friday January 27th, 2017
The PPBSO extends its condolences to Connie Blaney’s family, friends, and all of those at the Glengarry Highland Games.
Sunday April 3rd, 2016
It is with much sadness the founding member of the PPBSO-Ottawa branch and PPBSO Lifetime Member Major Archie Cairns, MMM, CD has passed away.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Archie MacNeil Cairns began piping at the age of 9 with his father, Pipe Major John Knox Cairns of the Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, as his teacher. In June 1941 he was enrolled as a boy piper in that regiment, eventually becoming Pipe Major in October 1952. In June 1953 he was a soloist at the Coronation Ball for Queen Elizabeth II at the Savoy Hotel in London, England.
Saturday August 8th, 2015
It is with a heavy heart and the deepest sorrow that the PPBSO adds its thoughts to the multitude of voices in noting the passing of lifetime member Ed Neigh.
Ed was a member with an accomplished history as a competitor, Pipe Major, adjudicator, composer, and teacher. Ed’s solo competitive successes included both the Piobaireachd Society Gold Medal (Canada) and the Bar to the Medal, the Open March at Oban, and the Dunvegan Medal; as Pipe Major of the grade one Guelph Pipe Band he led the band to success at the North American Championships on several occasions.
Tuesday February 10th, 2015
Donald Brown Walker Dewar finally laid his pipes to rest on January 13, 2015. He passed peacefully with his family beside him. Donald was a devoted husband to Elizabeth, loving brother to Annette; proud father to daughters Eleanor and Fiona; fond father-in-law to Justin and Evan; doting grandfather to Cieran and Eoin; a treasured friend, a talented teacher and a professional piper.
Wednesday August 14th, 2013
Pipers and Drummers at the Fergus Highland Games on Aug. 10th and 11th honoured Bruce Jones of London Ontario with Amazing Grace. Photo courtesy of John Riddell and Adam Gagnon.
Bruce passed away following the Forest City Celtic Pipe Bands competition at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville on Sat. Aug. 3rd. Coming off the field, Bruce was excited by the Band’s performance and commented to band members that he had never played better. Soon after he did not feel well and sought help from nearby Paramedics at the Games. He was immediately rushed to Alexandria Hospital, approximately 20 minutes away; however both paramedics and Hospital staff were unable to revive him.