2005-07-02 18:17:47 UTC
Crash claims life of young musician
By Janice Nickerson, Enterprise correspondent
KINGSTON - An early morning accident claimed the life of a well-known
local musician on Friday as he traveled home on from playing guitar at
a solo gig in Sandwich.
Police said Robert J. Torrey, 22, apparently fell asleep at the wheel.
His vehicle crossed the road and struck a tree not far from his home at
136 County Road in Plympton.
Police said he died at the scene. He was alone in the vehicle. His
equipment and his guitar were in the car with him, police said.
Torrey, a 2001 graduate of Silver Lake High School, was employed at
Music Unlimited in Kingston. He was the youngest child of Alyce G. and
Robert J. Torrey and leaves two older siblings, Pamela and James
Silver Lake Regional High School Principal Richard Kelley said he
remembers the youngest member of the Torrey family.
"Singing and music was his thing. He was very active in the music
department. He was a really nice kid. He was in the chorus and drama
club and performed in "Little Shop of Horrors." He had a wide circle of
friends, lots of friends. It is very sad. He has a nice family and the
school community is mourning this loss," Kelley said.
Todd Laporte, manager of Music Unlimited, was also mourning the loss of
"He was my right-hand man around the store. He was such a wonderful
human being. He was an all-around great and talented musician," he
Torrey had a band called Buster Cherry and played both with the band
and alone, Laporte said Friday.
He played clubs in Plymouth, Sandwich and Hyannis and was scheduled to
play in the Fourth of July celebration in Plymouth on Monday.
Laporte said he learned of the accident early Friday morning through a
mutual friend, and had spoke to Torrey's older brother.
Laporte said Torrey came to work at the store after graduating from
At age 19, he began playing acoustic guitar and performing top-40 songs
at local establishments including the Mayflower Tavern in Kingston and
Sean O'Toole's in Plymouth. He also performed at the British Beer Co.
in Sandwich and Hyannis.
Manager Aidl McMenamin of Sean O'Toole's a Main Street restaurant and
bar, said Torrey "was a very talented musician, he was a great kid. I
met him during an open mike night, and booked him."
According to McMenamin, Torrey "had also performed across the street,
at Rip Tides."
McMenamin said he too learned of the tragic accident early Friday
morning as word traveled through the local music community.
Kingston police said the cause of the accident is under investigation
by the state police accident reconstruction unit with assistance from
Kingston Patrolman Steven Armstrong and the Plymouth County Bureau of
Plympton police officer Stephen Teri also responded to the accident