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12 August 2015
Adieu Rob!

I have some very sad new to report to all our Alpine friends. Rob Cochran passed away yesterday morning around 8AM after a short battle with cancer. Rob was not only a great friend of mine, but of all my colleagues at Alpine, and was also dearly loved by a huge number of our Alpine family.

I first met Rob in the mid-eighties and taught him back in my ‘black’ instructor days. We hit it off immediately and spent a lot of time together in Val d’Isere, England and Scotland. We skied together, walked in the highlands, and spent a lot of time listening to Rob’s fantastic taste in music on his state-of-the-art sound systems. Rob then moved to Top Ski with Chris, TJ, and I where he worked in the shop and developed a great friendship with Pat Zimmer. I’ll never forget Rob being a co-host on Radio Val with Pat when Pat had his weekly Jazz show. At the end of the show when signing-off Pat asked Rob if he had anything to add. Rob seized the moment and replied, “Yes Pat, I’d like to wish all our listeners out there sharp edges and tight pussy!” I spat my mouthful of beer out all over the bar at Bananas as we couldn’t believe what Rob had just come out with!

After our Top Ski days Rob moved to Alpine and then became instrumental in our early Alpine-days as he ran our office for seven years and implemented organisation and some discipline. (Don’t laugh as you should have seen us before Rob came to the rescue!) He made firm friends with the Ughetto family, which helped out our own relationship with Jean Sport and made many friends in Val d’Isere’s French community.

Rob loved his skiing, hill-walking, music, motor racing, food, dram of whiskey, and Julie’s dogs. He was incredibly well-read and very informative. Rob always had an opinion and used to say, “Most of what I say is factual, but the rest I just make up”! He loved his blues and often quoted a great blues player saying, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”!

Rob was a unique individual who loved life, lived life to the full on his own terms, and had no regrets. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten. Cheers Rob! (photo posted)

10 August 2015
Come on you Blue Jays!

I’ve just returned from 12 fantastic days in Canada with Millie and Katie. We had a lovely time visiting friends and family, spending time in the mountains and generally enjoying a stunning environment. The girls love their trips to Canada and as usual we had great weather the entire time except for a violent hail and wind storm, which was very impressive. I was also thoroughly entertained by the Toronto Blue Jays who have captivated the country with some wonderful baseball. They made some key trades over the winter then added seven new players just before the trade deadline and the result is an exciting team that may make the playoffs for the first time in 21-years when they won back-to-back World Series! (Back when Geoff D and I saw them play in the play-offs)

We returned home jet-lagged and Gill cooked us a wonderful Persian dish, which she learnt at a cooking course. The course was a birthday present from Laura and the results were fantastic, thanks Laura! And what a result for the Hammers on opening day! My sports world couldn’t be better as the Jays beat the Yankees 2-0 for their eighth win in a row, and West Ham beat Arsenal 2-0 on the same day. (Holiday photos have been posted)

Next up for the Watson’s is ten-days in Val d’Isere late-August followed by our trip to India in October. And before we know it the 2015-16 season will be just around the corner. Stay tuned!

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