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MONTGOMERY, Robert “Bob” Willoughby

May 1, 1920 — February 5, 2013

Passed away February 5, 2013 at the age of 92 in Kelowna, BC.  Survived by his sons Richard, Gordon (Deeny), Curtis (Kathy), Ross, daughter Lynne (Ray) and son Ken (Beth); ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Bob is also survived by his brother Don of Brandon, MB.  Sadly predeceased by his wife Joyce.  Born in Minnedosa, MB, Bob was the 10th of 12 children to Stanley Harrison and Mini Maude (nee Baker) Montgomery.  He served in WWII, as a Mosquito pilot for the RAF in 464 Squadron.  Starting the fiddle at a very young age, Bob co-founded the BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Association in 1970.  Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for Bob on Saturday, March 2nd at 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, in Bob’s honour, please support your local Old Time Fiddlers’ Association.  Bob’s service can be viewed online, live during the service or at a later date and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com,

Saturday, March 2nd at 4:00 pm

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for MONTGOMERY, Robert “Bob” Willoughby is scheduled for Saturday, March 2nd at 4:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC

Phone: 250.860.7077

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  • Elaine St. George says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Gordie, your Mom, your brothers, and other family members. I would like you to know that Uncle Bob taught me how to sing when I was about age 4. To this day, age 74, I can still sing “Chickery Chick Cha-la Cha-la” & “Dance with the Dolly With the Hole in her Stocking”, #1 songs of 1945. He taught me well! I will long remember him & the fine music he made. My thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow. Elaine Montgomery St. George

  • Loraine Stuart says:

    On behalf of my mother Lila Howe ( MOntgomery) I pass our heart felt sympathy to the Montgomery boys sons of Uncle Bob. May his memory live forever, as he was larger than life itself. I know you were in heaven an hour before the devil knew you had passed. Fiddle on…

  • Kevin Kienlein BCOTF Vernon says:

    To the family of Bob, my sincere condolances and comforting prayers are with you.
    I will always remember him and your mom at the monthly Winfield Fiddlers Seniors Dances when we would come from Vernon with the Prices. It was a highlight of my month to be there.
    My years with the fiddlers were the happiest.
    Bob always had a smile and a kind word. He helped me and many others while learning the fiddle. We had many good times over the years, it was ALWAYS a pleasure and privelidge to back him up at contests.
    He is one of the last peers left from the fiddlers as I knew them back in the 80-90’s.
    I am also honored to have him write something for inclusion on my first fiddle CD.
    RIP Bob and Joyce, I am sure you are leading the fiddlers up in Heaven along with your good pal Fay Price.

    God Bless you’s, you will live long in our hearts.
    Happy Fiddlin’,
    Kevin Kienlein

  • lorraine hiebert says:

    The members of Branch 17 North Island Old Time Fiddlers send their condolences to your family.

  • Scott Montgomery says:

    To all of Uncle Bob’s family please allow me to express my deepest sadness and condolences.
    Uncle Bob was a close friend and inspiration to me. We loved our visits with him in Oyama, and when he would come and visit us out on the prairies.
    When I was trying to learn the fiddle he was very supportive and even gave me one of his fiddles–which I cherished then and still do. Unfortunately, it appears that musical talent does skip a generation, so I hope that my kids will one day develop an interest in the fiddle and bring that old fiddle back to life.
    Uncle Bob’s true inspiration to me was to see the joy that he got out of playing the violin. I learned from him that it is important to follow your passion. He once told me that when he goes to bed at night he would be working a tune out in his head and he would jump out of bed in the morning to work on it. That is true passion and it is a lesson that I hold onto closely.
    Uncle Bob’s was a life well lived. He followed his passion but also shared it with others. Whether they were listeners, dancers or students he always gave everything he had. It is that desire to share his music that made him truly special.
    A toast to the “King of the jigs”. Cheers!
    Scott, Janine, Tomas, Brigid and Brian Montgomery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Armando and Annelies Ferreira says:

    My heartfelt condolences to Bob’s family, my thoughts are with you. Both Bob and Joyce will always have a special place I my heart! I will always remember the special little visits we had, while Joyce was at Cottonwoods, and Bob (and sometimes Lynne too) would come by to say Hi.
    XO Annelies

  • Cheryl Johnson says:

    My deepest sympathy on the passing of Great Uncle Bob, I remember him and Uncle Tuff playing the fiddles…Cheryl Johnson. Winnipeg, MB (Dwight and Joyce Johnson’s daughter, Rose Johnson nee Montgomery’s Granddaughter)

  • Shawn Montgomery says:

    Bob, I toast you as I drink this beer… time to fly west my friend, it was good to know you.

  • Joyce Johnson says:

    I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Uncle Bob’s family. He was a very talented musician. Dwight carried a cassette tape in the truck and played it all the time.

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