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Robert “John” Gill       1955 – 2024

When John married a harpist  in 1986, they made their home in Cypress where they opened a unique harp specialty store called Melody’s Traditional Music. The store was named after their beloved Afghan Hound, Melody.

John became the premier harp repairman in the state of Texas. His accounting training made him an outstanding store owner. He handled inventory, ordering, and all store details. He made friends with everybody, and especially enjoyed speaking with vendors, one of whom said, “it was always a pleasure to call Melody’s and get to talk to John. I can’t think of very many people who have left such a wonderful legacy.”  

The store went on to become a world-class seller of print music for the harp. A secondary publishing business grew. John packed many a box of hundreds of titles which shipped throughout the US, Europe and Australia. He was a favorite of many harpists with his patience. He tied string knots and showed infinite patience to computer challenged individuals.

John (and Mary) devoted time to the rescue of Afghan Hounds and Golden Retrievers. They fostered and foster-failed many. In addition to Melody, John would want us to remember Mastafha, Einstein, Andy, Hank, Sir Flounder, Mendelssohn and Joey who no doubt greeted him on May 26.

John was loved by many people because of his honesty, friendliness, and ability to make converse on many topics. He was truly a gem who fell into the harp “fishbowl” and he embraced every minute of it. He will be greatly missed.

Before his death, John acquired an extraordinary peace of mind when on April 1, Nick and Sue Pickus took over the ownership of Melody’s.

The Gulf Coast Harpers Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law and are greatly appreciated.

Donations can be made by credit card and other personal accounts through Paypal by clicking the donation buttons below. You do not need a PayPal account to make an online donation. If you prefer, you may write a check to Gulf Coast Harpers and send to:
Gulf Coast Harpers
c/o Dr. Cyndi Galloway, President
14510 Lakeside View Way Cypress, TX 77429

If you have a preference for your donation, please let us know to which fund you’d like to donate.  If for your yearly dues, please indicate that in the note area of paypal.  Thank you. 

Using the “pay with PayPal” button you can donate to the memorial fund of your choice.  Donations to the John Gill Memorial Scholarship Fund will be used toward the recipient’s print music, strings, and a portion of harp rental.  The  Cynthia Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund, The Louise Trotter Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Karen McGarrett Memorial Scholarship funds each cover full tuition to the Houston Summer Harp Festival. Using this paypal button you can also pay your dues ($10 student | $15 regular).  Please leave a note when you reach that part of your payment process so that we may gratefully allocate your kind donation appropriately.