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Angus Spence


Angus was born on June 14, 1922 in Falkirk, Scotland. Het met his wife Gladwen while they were serving in the Royal Air Force. Following their marriage in 1945, Angus served in India, and they emigrated to Canada in 1948 and settled in Regina, where Angus worked in radio repair at SaskTel.

In 1947, he was a member of the Scottish pipe band that won the European Championship. Once in Regina, he joined the 2nd Independent Signal Corps Pipe Band, which later became the 10th Field Royal Canadian Artillery Pipe Band.

Angus served the 10th Field as a piper, pipe-sergeant and later as the pipe-major. He was a member of the local Wa Wa Shrine Pipe Band, and for many years he taught young pipers at the Fraser Pipe Band and the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts..

Angus was a very good player of light music, and taught piping technique well. He himself played a fine-sounding set of Thow Bagpipes, which had also been his brothers. Those pipes are now being played by a young piper in Regina.

Angus was a fantastic guy: kind, warm-hearted, fun-loving, and passionate about the pipes and piping. He retired from bands locally and for a number of years lived in Kelowna, British Columbia, where he was a member of the Kelowna Legion Pipe Band. He returned to Regina in 2005, and died in February, 2010.

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Falkirk Pipe Band with European Championship Trophy, 1947.

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Angus with European Championship Trophy, 1947.

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Angus as pipe-major of the 10th Field Regiment Pipes & Drums, Royal Canadian Artillery.

[photos courtesy of Angus's family]