The Mummers community lost an icon Tuesday with the passing of longtime Quaker City String Band captain, Bob Shannon Jr. Bob Shannon Jr. was captain of Quaker City String Band from 1972 to 2008 and captured the 1st prize captains honor 7 times. When Bob stepped down as Captain, he stepped up to join PHL17’s Steve Highsmith for String Band coverage of the parade. A true gentleman of mummery, Bob will be missed by many. Our condolences go out to the Shannon and Quaker City String Band families.
So many that Bob touched over the years are taking to Social Media to offer kind words and we’ve collected some below…
Greater Kensington would like to extend our thoughts and condolences to the Quaker City String Band and the family of Bob Shannon, Jr. We join the greater mummer community in mourning the loss of a legendary mummer, Captain, and Philadelphia icon. pic.twitter.com/lDICoZkv1B
— GreaterKensingtonSB (@GKStringBand) March 5, 2019
It is with heavy heart that we relay to you that our former Captain and legend of Philadelphia Mummery, Bob Shannon, Jr., has passed away.
He will always be remembered. Please keep Bob and his family in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/N5NrciLtkY
— Quaker City (@QCmummers) March 5, 2019
RIP to longtime captain of the Quaker City String Band, Bob Shannon Jr. Growing up I didn't have sports heroes, I had Bob Shannon to look up to. He was the ambassador and the face of Mummery. This one hurts. May your slippers be forever golden, Big Bob. pic.twitter.com/EwkEVWCOZ1
— David Grzybowski (@DavidGrzyTV) March 5, 2019