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 Passing of Bob Phillips
Author: contragirl 
Date:   2018-01-02 18:05

I am not sure how many people here knew him, or knew his hijinks on the forum, but I found out yesterday that Bob Phillips had passed away in December. He was just shy of his 78th birthday.

I had met him maybe 15 years ago here on the Clarinet BBoard after roasting someone, and we kept in touch through email for years before he got on Facebook. Most of it was clarinet related, or just things that were going on in life.

He was a hobby clarinetist that continued to play in small wind ensembles in his area, and continued to take lessons from Chip Phillips (I believe) who played with the Spokane Symphony. He was just an all around nice guy.

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 Re: Passing of Bob Phillips
Author: donald 
Date:   2018-01-03 00:41

A real gent- many years ago he copied and mailed to me some music I needed (in the days when scanning/pdf technology was still uncommon and only available to super computer geeks). Thanks for letting us know about this Contragirl.

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 Re: Passing of Bob Phillips
Author: bill28099 
Date:   2018-01-03 01:52

So sad, we communicated off and on over the years and had always meant to meet up in Spokane as it was a city that we both frequented. Yes, he took lessons from Chip Phillips of the Spokane Symphony for years.

A great teacher gives you answers to questions
you don't even know you should ask.

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 Re: Passing of Bob Phillips
Author: marcia 
Date:   2018-01-03 10:07

I had the pleasure of meeting Bob back in 2008. I live in Vancouver and our online conversation started prior to clarinet fest in 2006. It was at UBC, the university in Vancouver. The conversation continued beyond those few days, after he and his wife Joan had returned home to Sandpoint Idaho. In 2008 I told him that my husband and I were driving to Yellowstone. He invited us to make a slight detour and spend a few days with him and Joan in Sandpoint. We did that and Bob and I enjoyed cycling together, as well as playing clarinet duets. A major event in Sandpoint is an open water swim in Lake Pend Oreille. He convinced me to participate, which I did the following summer. Again we cycled together, and as he was a keen kayaker, he was part of the "safety net" of kayaks during the swim. Cross country skiing was also a common pursuit, but I did not ever venture there in the winter. I returned to Sandpoint a few times during the next few years to do the swim again, and as always we cycled and played duets together. He was a very active vibrant person. And at the age of 70 plus, he was very disgruntled at not being able to keep up with the 30 years olds in the cycling club!

We had an online conversation for many years, which came to an end early in December. Bob passed in the early morning hours of Dec. 11, just 10 days shy of 78. It is very odd to not see him in my inbox any more. RIP my friend.


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 Re: Passing of Bob Phillips
Author: marcia 
Date:   2018-01-04 08:25

Bob's obit can be seen at I have written a tribute to him and posted a couple of pictures of the two of us. One is with our clarinets, the other on our bikes.


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