PPBSO In Memorium
Wednesday October 11th, 2017
Submitted by John Bridge
Steve Harris was a part of the Ontario pipe band scene for 55 years. He started as a pre-teen, drumming with the Guelph Pipe Band in the early 60’s under Pipe Major Bob Whittle. He went in to competition with them in 1968 and travelled to Scotland at the grade 2 level. Steve continued on with the band in the 70’s when they were promoted to grade one under Pipe Major Ed Neigh where he served for a short time as lead drummer. He was also no stranger to the Open Solo Drumming competitions during that time, as he has a trophy or two that will attest to that.
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.