Robert Bardston of Medicine Hat , Alberta died on June 12, 2018 at the age of 68. Raised in the projects of Louisville, Kentucky he went on to be the first black member of a major orchestra in the Southern U.S.
A cellist with a masters degree - with highest distinction - in cello performance. A vocalist, musician par excellence and humanitarian.
A brilliant teacher who's many students went on to positions in major orchestras in Canada and elsewhere, several winning first prizes
in national competitions. His remarkable life was documented in a National Film Board of Canada movie: "Robert Bardston, the Bard's Son",
and in "the Posi+ve Side" , "PositiveLite.com" and other publications.
In his later life, he became an activist in AIDS advocacy and awareness and was co-chair of CHABAC.
He had a heart for the homeless, often allowing them to stay at his place. He was a generous , kind and compassionate man. He left a deep impression on all who knew him.
He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at the River Valley Community Church in Medicine Hat, on Friday July 20 at 2:30 pm.