Robert (Bob) passed away in a car accident in Prince Edward Island on May 15 2016. He died instantaneously at the scene of the accident.
Originally from London, England, he was invited to come to Canada, where he took a position as Principal Double Bassist with the VSO in 1965. He arrived in Vancouver after an illustrious career as a double bassist working with such fine ensembles as the London Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, The English Opera Group and even the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. His final gig was with the Sooke Symphony. Benjamin Britten, who composed several pieces with Robert in mind, wrote “he was a fine musician” and was known as such throughout the world.
He was lovingly married for 52 years to Betty Lusted. He had two children, Nicholas and Julia, who married Ric Young, before she passed and they gave Bob a granddaughter, Isabel, who in turn has given him two great grandchildren, Julia and Savannah. He was a good husband and father.
I was very fortunate to have a father like him and so grateful for all the sacrifices he made to provide me with a solid education and moral values which helped me to succeed in life.
The Providence provided me with so much love that came from such special people as my father Robert and mother Betty.
I thank you both for everything and wish you both peace for ever lasting life.
Much love Nicholas