November 27, 2014

Denver Cardwell, 1943-2014

Denver Cardwell

The prolific RSPBA adjudicator Denver Cardwell died unexpectedly on November 26, 2014, at the age of 71.

A native of Northern Ireland and a resident of Portadown, Cardwell was a member of the now defunct Royal Ulster Constabulary Pipe Band in the 19070s and early-’80s. He joined the judges’ circle in the mid-1980s, and quickly became one of the most active on the panel.

He was often called upon to judge ensemble and, with most high-profile adjudicators of top-grade pipe band competitions, was frequently in the middle of controversy.

After leaving as a playing member of the RUC, he stayed close to the band in advisor and management capacities as the band gained success in Grade 2 and Grade 1 before breaking apart following the departure to Australia of Pipe-Major Nat Russell.

The funeral will be on Saturday November 29th, at the Methodist Church in Holywood, Co. Down, at 10:30 am.

We extend our condolences to Denver Cardwell’s family and friends at this sad time.




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