Friday July 20, 2018
2:30 PM
River Valley Community Church on Friday, July 20, 2:30 p.m.
In memory of
Robert Henry Bardston
Passed away on June 12, 2018

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, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, those who wish to remember Robert with a donation may direct it to the Canadian Association for HIV Research (www.cahr-acrv.ca) or to the Medicine Hat Symphonic Society where a scholarship endowment fund has been set up in honour of Robert Bardston, donations to the fund can be made at Symphonicsociety.com. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Robert Bardston

Message from Clint Houston July 11, 2018

A remarkable musician , my first teacher

Clint Houston
Message from Marissa (Olson) Cotter July 12, 2018

Lots of love to all that felt the commitment, care, and love of this great man. Rest In Peace dear Mr. Bardston

Marissa (Olson) Cotter
Message from David Moyse January 17, 2019

a dear friend and fellow musican whom I had known since 1970 at McGill University .. he will be missed but never forgotten .. play on brother !

David Moyse