In Memory Of…

Drum Major Paddy J. Bawn (1930 – 1999)

Patrick Joseph (Paddy) Bawn was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 30th, 1930. He was married to Alicia on March 4th, 1953 and they had two children; Lesley and Langford.

In 1950 he joined the Ulster Constabulary where he served until 1956 when he emigrated to Canada and joined the Edmonton Police Department. He served with the Edmonton Police Service from March 1956 until January 1993 when he retired at the the rank of Inspector.

Besides his family and police work, Paddy had another love in his life and that was the Pipes and Drums of the Edmonton Police Service. He was the Drum Major from its inception until his last parade during the last week of November 1998 when they were entertaining shut-in’s at extended care facilities in the Edmonton area.

Paddy had an infectious personality and was able to make friends wherever he went. These friendships that he forged were not short-term ones either as they all stood the test of time and distance.

To read a short essay by Jessica Hall on Paddy that won the Dee Rolfson Scholarship.

Pipe Major Jim Rodger (1923 – 2001)

James Rodger was born in Glasgow, Scotland on March 6, 1923. In 1941 he joined the Royal Air Force qualifying as a pilot and in 1943 was posted to Bomber Command flying Lancaster Bombers in 30 missions over France and Germany.

On his discharge in 1946 he became part of the City of Glasgow Police Force. In 1952 Jim was one of twelve men and one woman who were recruited by the City of Edmonton Police Force. Jim quickly rose through the ranks and became Deputy Chief in 1977. He retired at that rank in 1991 and spent his spare time golfing, gardening, and as a member of the R.C.A.F. Reserve and The Edmonton Flying Club.

Jim was one of founders of the current Pipes and Drums of the Edmonton Police Service in 1959. He was the first pipe major of the band and played with the band until 1978. He served as the Band Officer until his retirement in July of 1986.

Jim is best remembered by many for his very colorful version of the traditional address “To a Haggis” at the Annual Robbie Burns Dinners. He passed away on June 20, 2001 and his wife Betty passed away on May 23, 2005.

Mr. Colin Sansom (1932 – 2009)

The Pipes and Drums of the Edmonton Police Service honour the passing of a true friend and tireless worker. Colin Sansom, our trusted bus driver for the past 15 years died on April 13, 2009 at the age of 77 years after a courageous battle with cancer.

Colin was always in the best of spirits and his hospitable personality and professional skill behind the wheel ensured that our trips were pleasant and safe. Colin was not just a driver, he was considered a member of the band who was always welcome to participate in all of our activities.

A former London Transit Bus Driver, Colin moved to Canada in the 70’s to start up a business servicing motorcycles. His ventures eventually led to a position with Connelly-McKinley Funeral Directors, operating the crematorium and driving their two fully equipped motor coaches. Our paths crossed due to the benevolence of Mr. William Connelly whose strong community spirit provided the band with the use of one of their coaches and Colin as driver for out of town trips and our annual week of Christmas concerts at Extended Care Facilities. Colin leaves us with many fond memories.

Have a safe final journey, good friend.