Bob McQuillen 1923-2014

Bob McQuillen at the Nelson Town Hall
Bob McQuillen at the Nelson Town Hall

Our Bob died on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014, surrounded by friends, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH.

McQuillen, 90, had been hospitalized after suffering a stroke on Sunday.

Bob played the Nelson Monday Night dance weekly for over thirty years, as well as the Peterborough First Saturday dance. He was nationally and internationally revered for his boom-chuck piano playing and his terrible jokes.

In 2001, he founded the Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship fund, so that young musicians could receive lessons in traditional New England dance music. Several of the recipients chose to take lessons with Bob and so his style, learned from Johnny Trombly, will live on.

In his will, Bob designated Monadnock Folklore Society as the recipient for donations in his memory. Your Donations to the Monadnock Folklore Society in memory of Bob can be made here.

Statement from the National Endowment for the Arts on the Death of 2002 NEA National Heritage Fellow Bob McQuillen

Link to Peterborough Ledger-Transcript

News story and feature in the Keene Sentinel (two separate stories)

The Boston Globe

The article the David Millstone wrote about Bob when he received the Lifetime Contribution Award from Country Dance and Song Society in 2009.

Interview with Bob from 2004 for NH Heritage and Traditional Arts

Source for Bob’s CDs: Great Meadow Music