Jim Pembroke


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.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, there will be a memorial tree planted in Jim’s memory. Donations can be made at Familytreenursery.com (more>shop>gift card) or by calling Grace at Family Tree Nursery Overland Park.


  1. Terrie on November 21, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    So very sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was an amazing artist and a gentle soul who leaves a legacy of beautiful music that many of us continue to enjoy. Sincere sympathies to Cady and all of his family.

  2. Laila Snellman on October 30, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Rest in peace my dear friend Jim.
    So many good memories live on forever.

  3. Susan and Dave Bjerke on October 22, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Thinking of those he left behind. May his memories warm you when you are sad.

  4. Robert Silverstein on October 15, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    Jim was a major musical inspiration for me over the past 46 years and I’m grateful to have known him.

  5. Sandy miller and Jim toole on October 15, 2021 at 8:19 pm

    I will always remember Jim playing the piano at the Potts family gatherings. He added a unique sense of coolness that only he could.

    With condolences to friends and family.

    Love Sandy Miller and Jim Toole

  6. Rick Dodderidge on October 15, 2021 at 7:19 pm

    I was very fortunate to have known Jim, and seen him several times in concert in Kansas City, as well as with Wigwam at a 50th anniversary reunion concert in Finland! That show was especially exciting, as he was so full of energy and enthusiasm, like I’d never seen before or since, obviously thrilled to be back with his many friends and fans in Finland! We also went to see The Who in concert together in Kansas City several years ago, which prompted reminisces about his days in London. He will be greatly missed, but thank goodness there are lots of recordings and videos to remember him by!

  7. Terry Paine on October 15, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Such a kind soul. So sorry he left us so soon. Blessings to all his friends and family.❤️

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