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James "Jamie" Robert Robb

October 12, 1958 ~ September 16, 2019 (age 60)

Kelowna  General  Hospital.  It  is  with  sadness  and  a  profound  sense  of  loss  that  we  announce  the  sudden  passing  of  Pipe  Major  James  Robert  Robb  with  his  loving  family  by  his  side. Born October 12, 1958, Toronto, Ontario.  Predeceased  by  his  father,  pipe  major  John  R  Robbs  (June  11,  1990), his grandparents, many uncles, and aunts. James moved to Penticton in  1959  with  his  parents  and  would  spend  his  entire  life  in  Penticton.  James  attended  school  in  Penticton,  had  many  lifelong  friends.  James  worked  hard  all  his  life,  he  worked  for the City of Penticton in the sign shop, a gold leaf, pin striper, then a surveyor for the regional district, he had his class 2, 3 air brake. James worked  for  thirty-five  years  for  School  District  #67  Okanagan  Skaha  at  Penticton Secondary School as a custodian boiler operator, maintenance man. James always enjoyed working at PEN-HI. ‘A hard-working trusted man  who  was  respected  by  all’.  James  started  playing  bagpipes  from  an early age. A gifted player, each year he played he moved up a rank. By  the  time  he  was  seventeen  years  old,  he  had  won  in  every  class,  and  he  was  the  youngest  playing  bagpiper  in  the  Okanagan  Valley  to  enter as a professional piper. In 1997, he was asked to be the head bag pipe instructor for the 788 BCD Army Cadet Corps. James taught many students the bagpipes, many of them play today. James played at highland games all over the world, won against gold medal world champions was a  well-respected  teacher  composer,  a  community  builder  much  like  his  late  father;  pipe  major  John  R  Robb.  Seven  time  gold  medal  bag  pipe  champion, self-taught guitar player, banjo, eight degree blackbelt in two martial arts, he retired in 2015 to finish a book of music, he restored old cars,  all  his  life  and  could  be  found  at  a  car  show  or  mission  old  time  drags. The family would like to thank Dr. Cressery for looking after Jamie for twenty years and all the other doctors at Penticton Regional. In lieu of flowers please donate to the James R. Robb Musical Memorial Fund c/o Penticton Senior Secondary School (Penticton Secondary School Bursary and Scholarship Foundation 158 Eckhardt Ave. East, Penticton, BC V2A 1Z3).  A  celebration  of  life  will  be  held  at  Providence  Funeral  Homes  on  Thursday October 10th at 1pm.

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