In Memory: Robert Zildjian (1923-2013)

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Bob Zildjian (1923-2013)

Canadian Music Trade regrets to report that Robert Zildjian, the Founder and Chairman of Meductic, NB-based SABIAN Cymbals, passed away the morning of Thursday, March 28th, 2013 after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 89 years old and is survived by his wife, Willi, and children Sally, Bill, and Andy.

Bob was born in Boston, MA in 1923, and destined for the music industry from birth. The son of Avedis Zildjian, Founder of the American cymbal company bearing his name, young Robert was working in the family business at a very young age. Aside from a term of service in the US Army during World War II, which took him to Europe as an infantryman, and the post-secondary schooling upon his return, Bob spent many years working in his father’s business, occupying many posts within the company.

After his father’s passing in 1979, Bob took control of the Meductic, NB-based Azco plant, previously a subsidiary of Zildjian, and launched SABIAN. The moniker is a combination of the first two letters from each of his children’s names. In 1982, the first SABIAN cymbal came off the production line, and the subsequent years found Bob and his world-class team building the SABIAN brand around the globe.

Always a class act, Bob had an unbelievably sharp wit and always shared his signature smile.

A viewing will be held at Scott Funeral Home in Woodstock, NB on April 5th from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the St. James United Church of Canada in Woodstock, NB on April 6th at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Salvation Army.

In the meantime, read about Bob’s life and sign the guestbook at: http://www.sabian.com/en/rz. You can also access a video interview with Bob from NAMM’s Oral History collection at: http://www.namm.org/library/oral-history/robert-zildjian.

We at CMT extend our best wishes to Bob’s family, friends, and peers in the industry during this difficult time.