Colin 'The Fishperson' Robb
13 December 1963 - 29 March 2010
I've no idea why he was known as 'The Fishperson' but I met Colin first when he was, I think, still a student of something computery at the University of Surrey way back in about 1987. He was a bassist and it was through him that I ended up playing saxophone with both Holy Durex and Steel Bill and the Buffaloes. It was a time of huge enjoyment, with lots of gigging and even recording.
After college, Colin moved back home up north and ended up as someone quite important in Hewlett Packard, but still played bass in local bands.
I hadn't seen Colin for a number of years and it was only a matter of months after tracking him down on Facebook that, in November 2008, he announced he had been diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer. All cancers are bad, but that's a particularly bad one to get. He started his own blog to keep people up to date with progress and I was constantly amazed at how upbeat his posts were.
He was a man with a very fine sense of the absurd and surreal, and with a distinct penchant for dressing up. I will leave you with a montage of pictures that show how I'll remember him:
Colin has shed his skin and left the building: