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Passing of Bill Thorne
April 23, 2021
Bill Thorne (Toronto Optimists baritone) passed away peacefully on April 23, 2021 in Kelowna, B.C. at the age of 76. Bill had recently been diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer, and his health declined rapidly. He spent his last week at Hospice, surrounded by family while receiving top notch care and support.
An online celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at noon PST (3 pm EST). If you wish to attend, please email for the link, or call 202-320-7509. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Central Okanagan Hospice Association.
The Obituary listing for Bill is here.
Our Optimists Alumni "In Memory" page for Bill is here.
Celebrating our website founder... Ray Roussel
January 16, 2021
We are proud of our website and the vast history it represents. It generates daily traffic enjoyed by many from the drum corps world, and is even being considered the model for the alumni of a top 10 DCI drum corps.
The site would not have been possible without the efforts or Ray Roussel back in 2002 in the early days of the formation of the Optimists Alumni Drum Corps. Please join us in this celebration by visiting our page dedicated to Ray with a special tribute from Vern Johansson.
Passing of John Peachey
November 18, 2020
John Peachey, age 61, passed Wednesday November 18, 2020 after a courageous battle with multiple cancers. John was originally diagnosed in 2013 with a prognosis of only six months. Bravely enduring multiple rounds of chemo and selective radiation treatments, he survived more than seven years to share this time with family and friends.
Our Optimists Alumni "In Memory" page for John is here.
Passing of Rick Cooper
October 28, 2020
With sadness, we must inform you of the passing of Rick Cooper on October 6, 2020. He was the youngest of the three Cooper Brothers. In his marching years with Optimists, 1964 through 1970, he was a member of the colour guard. As per his wishes, there will be no service.
Our Optimists Alumni "In Memory" page for Rick is here.
2020/21 OA Executive Board
September 23, 2020
Here are the members who will make up the new Optimists Alumni Executive Management Team for 2020 - 2021.
Mike Lang - President and Corps Director - two year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Rick Lang - Vice-President - one year term remaining starting Oct. 1, 2020
Matt Davis - Treasurer - two year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Doug Darwin - Secretary - two year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Dave Bruce - Director at Large - one year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Soo Lee - Director at Large - one year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Mark Sichewski - Director at Large - one year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Barry Woods - Director at Large - one year term starting Oct. 1, 2020
Our Execs here...