Kelowna Branch #7 – Special Events

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Leroy John Tribe

Beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle part that counts. And what a middle part John Tribe had. Monday, July 24, 2pm at Springfield Funeral Home, we all said goodbye to our own John Tribe. John passed away July 18, 2023, after being diagnosed with brain tumours in January of 2023. We had a great turnout, John would be proud, some great music, a sea of white and red, and lots of stories, laughs and tears.

It would be difficult to fully encapsulate what John was to the Old Time Fiddlers Branch #7 in Kelowna. John and Lynn have pretty much been the hub of our wheel, making things go around, for as long as I’ve been involved in fiddling. John inspired generations of players in the area to pick up a fiddle and play. He taught with patience and kindness and the kind of love for Old
Time music that keeps an organization going, even through a pandemic.

John’s obituary gives a summary of all that he accomplished in his life, from work and teaching to his work in the mining industry, his love of his family, nature, and the way the world works. I encourage you all to go read it if you haven’t already, it’s incredibly interesting. There were many adventures and accomplishments that I had no idea about John’s life. He sure lived a full one.

Of course, now we’re on our summer break. As we swing back into our routine of practices, play outs, dances, and events in the fall, it will become even more clear how much we will miss John’s presence. We’re all thinking about Lynn and the family as time passes and the waves of loss come.

Smile the while you kiss me sad adieu
When the clouds roll by I’ll come to you
Then the skies will seem more blue
Down in Lover’s Lane, my dearie
Wedding bells will ring so merrily
Every tear will be a memory
So wait and pray each night for me

Till we meet again