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Mourning the Passing of Robert Bardston

Robert performs on the Global Village main stage at AIDS 2014. During his performance, Robert revealed through music and film what it is like to be an older person living with HIV.

Dear friends and colleagues,

It is with tremendous sadness that we share the news that CHABAC’s co-chair, Robert Bardston, has passed away. Robert was a steadfast advocate who held many issues near to his heart. He fought against racism, homophobia and stigma related to HIV, mental health and ageing.

While many of us knew Robert for his role on CHABAC, CPPN or one of the many other groups he was committed to, he was also a gifted cellist and cello teacher, and an avid promoter of using the arts in community-based work. This tribute from former students of his is a testament to his work: https://vimeo.com/254444975 and a recent performance brought him much joy: https://vimeo.com/256617155 (or see below for both).

Robert has touched so many people in his life and brought such genuine warmth, insight, humour and grace to the work he did with CHABAC. The Steering Committee will deeply miss him and sends warm condolences to his loved ones.

Demonstrating his commitment and love for humanity, Robert wished for his organs to be donated to HIV research, a legacy that will live on.

We celebrate the extraordinary life that Robert lived with passion and compassion and wish him peace.

Warmly,

The CHABAC Steering Committee