Jim Pembroke, born in London on January 27, 1946, passed away peacefully at his home in Kansas alongside his wife on October 8, 2021. He was 75 years old.
Jim moved to Finland in the mid-1960s. He fell in love with its festive atmosphere and credits Finland with sparking a lifelong career in music.
A deeply talented and accomplished musician, Jim is best known as the frontman and lead singer of the progressive rock band Wigwam. Many of the band’s recordings, particularly the album Nuclear Nightclub (1975), are considered Finnish rock classics. Jim sang and performed in Wigwam’s 50th anniversary tour in September 2018. Prior to Wigwam, Jim co-founded the rock band Blues Section. He also composed music and sang for Hurriganes, Kojo, and Riki Sorsa, among others.
Jim wanted to thank all his friends, here and gone, for all you did to make music and for all the great gigs. He said, tell them to “keep the good times rolling.”
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick Joseph Pembroke and Catherine Roche Pembroke.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cady Pembroke; his daughter, Emma Pembroke; his son, Rob Schulte; his brother, Brian Pembroke; his sisters, Patricia Knightley and Maria Pembroke; his niece, Laura Knightley; and his nephew, Kenny Campbell.
There will be a private celebration of life with friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial tree planted in Jim’s memory. Donations can be made at Familytreenursery.com (more>
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