Jan 24 2022 Good Bye Lance

Published by Victor Barr on

Goodbye Lance.

Exactly one month ago the world became a little smaller. Big White became a little darker. My friend and a Big White character lost his battle with the demons that haunted him over the years, Lance Rumble passed away from this earth.

Lance was a man with a warm heart and a smile that lit the room. He did his best to share his spirit and spirits with those around him. 

I began working with Lance over fifteen years ago. He was one of the original developers of the nineties boom that saw Big White grow into the resort it has become. He wasn’t always the luckiest when it came to his investments and the demon booze took its toll on a once proud man.

Through it all, his heart remained true. He was a good man who did his best to survive in our harsh world. 

I’ll never forget his laugh and his smile. He would walk his dogs around the hill and always had a pleasant story or big smile to share with those who crossed his path. Losing his dogs was a blow I’m not sure he ever recovered from. 

As I walked through the village this past weekend I thought of how the hill was a bit quieter these days. There was someone missing. That someone is Lance Rumble. Jude the owner of the Globe spoke to me about the loss the hill felt when Lance passed. I was saddened to learn I missed the memorial that was held at his favourite watering hole. In commemoration I share the following tribute that Jude wrote in honour of a man gone too young. RIP Lance.


On Christmas Eve 2021, we lost a great character and friend to Big White Mountain, by the name of Lance Rumble. For anyone who’s visited for a few years Lance would’ve been a familiar face, walking the mountain trails with his familiar hat and long red coat, or entertaining visitors and locals alike at any of the mountain bars & restaurants. For us at Globe, Lance was a caring “protector “ who watched out for us all, through the seasons, as well as a willing and knowledgeable taster of any new wines we were considering for our wine list:) That’s a story he told many times over and we will forever miss his warm banter, his kindness, his friendliness to every guest, and his genuine love of this mountain. RIP Lance ….


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Jon · January 24, 2022 at 11:48 am

Nice, Cal.

Joanie · January 26, 2022 at 2:22 pm

Heart Breaking. We were connected for so long. Decades of the ups and downs of life. He was a true friend and i
t is truly so lonely to realize I can’t pick up the phone to have little of Lance.

    Victor Barr · January 26, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Sorry for your loss. He was a good man and will be missed more than I think he would have realized.

Karen Whetstone · December 31, 2022 at 9:33 am

Funny, how one stumbles onto stories while surfing the web. Sadly, your tribute to Lance was the one I found recently. We shared many ups and downs over the years, but I will always remember his charming ways and gentle nature. Cheers,

    Victor Barr · December 31, 2022 at 10:45 am

    He was a kind soul and is missed by many. Thanks for your comment. Cheers

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