Bob passed away this morning after almost eighteen months of battling brain cancer. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. He died peacefully surrounded by his wife Hilary, their three children and spouses and his sister.
Bob was from Bristol and before coming to London to teach he had played a considerable number of games for Bristol in a pack led by England Captain, the late John Pullin, and alongside two other England players, Dave Rollitt and Dave Watts. He would modestly love to recount his exploits, playing against the legendary Barry John or scoring the winning try v Harlequins. When he arrived in London he spent his first few months at Blackheath RFC but wanted something more sociable, which like many others led to Charlton Park. He played for us in the early seventies as an outstanding number eight, a class player and had a fine voice, being part of out singing team that won Westcliffians Singing Competition. Bob moved back to Bristol c 1990 and we stayed in touch partly because both our sons were the same age and had gone to primary school together.
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