Bobby Rogerson

Bobby Rogerson passed away at home on January 8, 2012 at the age of 81.

He was predeceased by his loving wife Nellie and his sisters Betty and Lily.

He is survived by his loving partner Judith Hutchison; his children: Walter (Hazel) and Lynne (Tom); his grandchildren: Lisa (Gary), Iain (Carrieanne), Kevin, Zoe (Scott), and Carley; his great grandchildren: Luke, Ben, Tom, Zak, Jack, Oliver, Anna, and Lewie; and his brother Lachie (Moira). Bobby loved his family intensely and they were the center of his life. He had a wonderful childhood in Scotland roaming free on 21 acres of land around the family farm at Lochside during the war years. As a young man he worked in the coal mines of New Cumnock as a machine engineer. He married a Hexham girl, Nellie, and raised two children there in England before moving back to Scotland, where he eventually lost his wife and met his new partner, Judith. He retired and moved to Port Alberni in 1991. Bobby was interested in history and politics, working for the betterment of his community as a volunteer for the Alberni Environmental Coalition. He really enjoyed being part of the local music scene. His knowledge of traditional Celtic folk songs was immense. He sang lead and played

accordion and bodhran with The Winklepickers, to the delight of many down at Harbor Quay on a Thursday night. Bobby had a zest for life. He was happy and free, honest, hard

working, generous and kind. He was open-hearted and a friend to all. Everyone who knew him was uplifted by his joyous spirit. He loved life and was always ready to laugh and sing. Bobby will be forever loved and remembered by his family and friends as the beautiful man that he was. We are so deeply grateful for the gift of his boundless love. People are encouraged to visit the web site New Cumnock Now And Then to read Bobby’s autobiography Captain Number Two and learn about his early life and the Scotland he loved so dearly. A

Gathering of Family and Friends will celebrate Bobby’s life and love of music at Cynthia’s house, 11094 Taylor Arm Drive on Sunday, January 22 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Bring finger food and musical instruments.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to any group working for environmental protection, social justice, or animal welfare. We love you, Bobby.