In Fond Memory
We lovingly remember our brothers who have gone to their rest in the hopes of rising again. Their commitment, service and duty to this band will never be forgotten. Until we meet again.

In Time of Sorrow…
May you see God’s light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard, may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.

 
     
Drum Major Vincent “Vinnie” Kevin Gough

July 10, 1966 – May 12, 2019

We are saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Drum Major Vincent (Vinnie) Gough on 12 May 2019.  Vinnie retired from the NYPD as a Detective Sergeant and was at the World Trade center after the attack of September 11, 2001.

Vinnie joined the band in 2014 as a tenor drummer and due to his USMC experience easily transitioned to the position of Drum Major. He brought our marching and drill performance up to a higher level of professionalism and prepared us for our historical trip to Washington, D.C., for President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Parade.

 Vinnie had the smile to melt hearts and yet could be as tough as nails when members didn’t conform to standard. He was rough around the edges sometimes, but a real friend all of the time. He wasn’t afraid to tell you when he thought you were wrong and some misinterpreted that as mean or rude.  Yet, he would smile and joke with you in a few minutes and let’s face it, who could stay angry with him for long? He had the band’s interest at heart and supported two different Pipe Majors as they “herded cats” leading the band. He had the Irish lightening wit and easy delivery that made everyone laugh.

We were all taken by surprise when Vinnie started experiencing severe headaches and a visit to the emergency divulged our worst fears. Vinnie was diagnosed with very aggressive cancers in various sections of his body most probably contracted on site after the 9/11 attack.

On 30 April, the band paid a visit to his home and played his favorite tunes one last time. After a few drinks and several sad farewells, we parted company, richer for having him as a brother and friend. Rest in Peace Drum Major, Semper Fi.

Links:
Click here to view Vinnie’s obituary.
Vinnie’s Memorial Video By Sarah Hoyt
Vinnie’s Memorial Ceremony at the Palm Coast Elks Lodge #2709 By Elizabeth Tull

 
     
Drum Corporal Paul Kelly

July 20, 1943-October 19, 2017

One of the “good guys”. Paul was a true asset to our band. He loved life and we loved him. He always had a joke to tell or sage advice for those who needed it. Paul was always practicing and striving for perfection. He fought the good fight against Cancer with dignity and strength, but he finally succumbed. He is now entertaining the Angels with his great stories and paradiddles!

Drum On Paul, Drum on!

 
     
Bass Drummer Patrick Gribbon

Ancient City Pipes and Drums 2010-2015

Our dear band mate and visiting bass drummer, Patrick Gribbon lost his battle to cancer in March 2015. Patrick would spend the Saint Patrick’s Day Season with the Ancient City Pipes and Drums. He resided in Canada with his wife and family. We are deeply saddened by the loss of this kind hearted, warm spirited gift of life.

 
     
Drum Major Michael Donohue

 Ancient City Pipes and Drums 2002-2012

Mass of Christian burial, celebrating the life of Michael T. Donohue, 69, of Palm Coast who passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House, will be on Monday, July 2, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Saint Stevens Catholic Church. Michael was born in Brooklyn, New York and served his country in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Irish Social Club, a Drum Major for the Ancient City Pipe and Drums, member of the Italian American Club, Elks Club and Pine Lakes Country Club and a Member of the V.F.W. in St. Augustine. Michael is survived by his wife of 31 years, Toni; and his son Edward and his wife Raeann of Jacksonville

 
     
Piper Paul Schofield

TREASURER – Ancient City Pipes and Drums 2002-2010

“Piper” Paul L. Schofield, 74, of Rome, N.Y., and formerly of St. Augustine Beach, Fla., passed away Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Rome Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.He was born April 6, 1936, in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada, the son of Leslie and Helen Strong Schofield. On April 19, 1957, he married Mary Carroll in England.Paul served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He did several European tours and came to Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome, N.Y., in 1972. He later retired from the Pentagon with the rank of chief master sergeant After retiring from the military, Paul worked for 20 years at the Teamsters Union Headquarters in Washington, D.C.”Piper” Paul was a former member and treasurer of the Ancient City Pipes and Drums of St. Augustine, Fla. He was also a member of the VFW Post 2391 of St. Augustine, Fla

 
     
Pipe Major David R. LeConey

Founder, Ancient City Pipes and Drums 2002-2009

Our dear band mate, David R. LeConey died at his home on Feb 20, 2009 with his devoted wife and family at his side. Dave retired from the United States Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer . He was a member of J. Wendell Fargus Masonic Lodge #356 and a lifetime member of the VFW. His passion and his hobby was playing the bagpipes. Dave was a founding member and Pipe Major of the Ancient City Pipes and Drums which still performs today as his legacy.

 

David LeConey
2000-2008