Guy Tabor

Out-Of-State, Virginia

1949 - 2012

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Oh Willy has missed you. So many memories and your music will last for a long time. Now you and Willy are up in heaven together enjoying your music and, debating religion and politics. Now The Master will be smiling and setting you straight. How I miss you two.

And so many others greatly loved and appreciated you, Buddy, and the music, the humor, the spirituality, and the sweetness you gave to us, likely much more than you ever knew. I can only hope that you know everything, now. Deepest sympathies to Jeannette, and to all of the family.

Buddy was one of Alaska's finest poets, one of the dangerous ones who told the truth, as our friend Ken Melville would say.

It was wonderful that he was willing to let us know that he was sick and needed help, so that we could turn out in force and let him know that we cared at November's Blues for Buddy fundraiser, and that his out of town friends could hold similar events in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Whitehorse. He was able to say goodbye to friends, and showed us all how to...

Buddy was one of the first people I met when I moved to Juneau in 1985 and I started going to Calvary Fellowship. He was so outgoing and introduced me to many friends in the music community. I spent many happy hours playing music with Buddy at home, in concert and on a couple of his recordings. He was always an interesting person to spend time with, and we used to get into some good political arguments, which were always fun. I left Juneau years ago, and I can't imagine the place without...

As a kid growing up in Juneau, I will always remember that smile and bounce in Buddy's step. I later got to know Buddy through the minister of Mick Ewing at Calvary. Buddy and others blessed with more musical gifts than me always struck an angelic tone in their musical ministry. Buddy, we'll see you soon on the other side. You will always be a fond memory as my journey continues down here in the lower 48. Peace and love, my friend. You made the world a bette place because you lived.

Buddy Tabor touched my life in many ways and many times. I met him when I lived in Juneau as the pastor of Juneau Methodist Church, Douglas Community United Methodist Church and one of the founding pastors for Northern Light United Church. He came to Nome to do some personal healing and lived in the Community United Methodist Church when I was the pastor there from 1974-1981. I don't remember the year he came . While with us, he also painted a significant amount of the rooms in the...

I met Buddy a few ago through a mutual friend in Anchorage, around 2003. Until 2007 when I moved out of AK if Buddy was in town we'd share songs and evenings together. My wife (Terry Holder) and I opened a show for him in Anchorage and then joined him on stage honored to add some harmonies to his songs. I well remember sharing the stage with him at Folsom Prision in 2005. I was more intimidated sharing the satge with Buddy than by those in the audience listening to us. He was so at ease...

Sorry to heat it, so sorry. The 40 years I've lived in Juneau and the twenty or so years I had the pleasure of watch Buddy influence, help and encourage other musicians finds their way and their voice.
Always a quiet in the back kinda guy making sure the folk festival kept it's original spirit. Thanks for sharing your gifts so freely Buddy. This town will remember you always Bob and Ruth Simpson

I remember Buddy back in the old Calvary Fellowship days in the 80's. I remember when he sang the song "Jesus Savior Pilot Me". I would visit his family at his Switzer village home. I enjoyed his sense of humor and he always made me laugh about what seemed at the time dire circumstances. Years later Buddy visited me and my family in Ellensburg, Washington while I was attending CWU and he shared songs he wrote on his annual pilgrimage to the east coast to visit his mom. Then one of...


Guy's Obituary

Local singer and songwriter Guy "Buddy" Tabor died Sunday evening February 5, 2012 in Juneau. He was 63. Buddy had been receiving treatment for cancer since September. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by friends and family.Buddy was born March 12, 1949 in Roanoke, Virginia, the...

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