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Bob Rebagliati Retirement at Handsworth

May 15, 2004

By Catherine Barr


It's hard to wrap up in one paragraph the impact teacher Bob "Reb" Rebagliati has had on this community. The much-loved Handsworth music teacher and musician's career has spanned four decades, influenced thousands of students and created countless lasting friendships. His upcoming June retirement spurred a series of parties last weekend including a special Friday night concert at Capilano College - his last concert - followed on Saturday by a toast and roast at Handsworth school. Familiar faces, friends and family were on hand to salute the music man himself and ensure Reb went out on a high note.

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Handsworth students from past and present gathered to honour their teacher. From left: Sean Clark, Ryan Stewart, Eric Stephenson, Nick Argue and Doug Trousdell.
Bob "Reb" Rebagliati started teaching back in 1971. Seen here with wife Maggie, he's been at Handsworth since 1976 and inspiring students ever since. He will be dearly missed.
Former students Bonnie Statham (left) and Wendy Brown were taught by Reb back at Hamilton Jr. High. Seen here with former French teacher Michel Leveille, it was a true night of memories.
They're with the band, literally. Band parents and part-time stage manager Stan Eby and wife Gill wouldn't miss this for the world.
Bob Rankin (left) has know Reb since their student teaching days. He and Ben Fast are long-time friends of Reb.
Working together behind the scenes to help organize the evening were Dennis Myronuk (left), Judy Mould and Laetitia Jekyll.


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