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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Bernard McCudden Bagpipper
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 14:03:04 -0500

Chicago Tribune (IL)

By Walter Gottesman. Special to the Tribune.

Bernard J. "Barney" McCudden, 94, of Mt. Prospect won medals for his
bagpipe playing as a youth in Northern Ireland and played at
weddings, wakes and in parades with the Shannon Rovers Pipe Band in

Mr. McCudden, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, died Tuesday in Holy
Family Medical Center, Des Plaines.

Mr. McCudden retired in 1973 as a heating and cooling engineer for
the Balaban & Katz movie theaters, Chicago, after 25 years of service.

Mr. McCudden, who went to Northern Ireland with his family in his
youth, came to Chicago in 1925. He began playing the bagpipes as a boy.

"He was an extremely gifted pipe player," said his daughter Margaret
Scholl. "He played with the old Highlanders pipe band and he played
with (the late) Mr. Tommy Ryan and the Shannon Rovers on and off for
over 30 years. There were times when he didn't play much, but after
retirement he went back to the pipes."

His daughter said that Mr. McCudden continued to play the bagpipes
until he suffered a stroke in 1987.

"He marched down State Street in a lot of parades," she said. "He
played at Mayor (Richard J.) Daley's funeral."

The Shannon Rovers, founded in 1926, was called the official band of
the City of Chicago by the late mayor and leads off the city's annual
St. Patrick's Day parade.

"He was an excellent father, a wonderful Christian," his daughter said.

Other survivors include two other daughters, Rose Mary Greco and
Patricia Overhuls; a son, Bernard Jr.; a brother, Thomas McCudden;
and eight grandchildren.

A visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday in Friedrichs
Funeral Home, 320 W. Central Rd., Mt. Prospect, and from 9 a.m. until
10 a.m. Saturday, when a mass will be said in St. Raymond Catholic
Church, Elmhurst Road at Lincoln Street, Mt. Prospect.

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