We are incredibly saddened to share the passing of Canadian shooting icon and DCRA Life Governor Robert “Bob” A. Pitcairn.
Bob’s illustrious shooting career spanned 7 decades and saw him compete and win against the best on the provincial, national, and international stages. Bob qualified for the Canadian Bisley Team over 40 times and won the Grand Aggregate at the Imperial Meeting in 1965. A multiple time Canadian Target Rifle Champion, Bob also captained both the Canadian Palma and Canadian Bisley teams and was a past President of the BCRA. Bob is an inductee of the DCRA, PEI, and Canadian Armed Forces Sports Hall of Fame and has been listed in the BCRA Scroll of Marksmen on multiple occasions. In recent years, Bob became well known internationally as the oldest athlete to ever compete in the Commonwealth Games when he represented Canada in Fullbore in 2018.
Bob was not only a tremendously talented and dedicated shooter, but he also gave generously of his time to support marksmanship, ranging from his local cadet corps to mentoring his fellow TR competitors. He was a tremendous supporter of the BCRA U25 program and worked tirelessly to help grow and develop new shooters through the BCRA and Mission Rod & Gun Club.
We’ll miss all of his amazing stories and that smile that would light up the room. Bob was a fierce competitor, a loyal friend, and a true gentleman. Our thoughts are with his family and friends around the world.
We are greatly diminished.