Rugby Theatre man Bob bows out after a life he lived to the full

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A RUGBY Theatre stalwart who trod the town’s boards for decades has died.

Bob Bradbrook died on December 27, aged 76, after battling cancer for two years.

He leaves behind his family including wife Judy, daughter Zoe and grandaughters Eloise and Freya, to whom he was devoted.

Bob was born in London and brought up in Wiltshire, before moving to Rugby when he was 18 to take on an apprenticeship at British Thomson-Houston (BTH).

He met wife Judy at a dance in Rugby 55 years ago and the couple had been happily married for 51 years.

Bob became involved in amateur dramatics from a young age and when he moved to the town he joined Rugby Theatre, taking on various singing and acting parts.

Over the years he filled numerous lead roles on the stage across Warwickshire including the part of Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, which he played five times.

He even dressed for the part in the costume Rex Harrison wore in the West End version of the musical.

Bob, who was also a member of the Barby Player and the Friday Singers and was a founder member of the Rugby Victorian Ensemble, performed on stage right up until November in what was to be his last show at Rugby Theatre.

Judy said: “He got involved with everything at the theatre.

“It really was his first love.”

As well as acting and singing, Bob also had many other interests.

He was a founder member of the Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club and he read for blind people as part of the Talking Newspaper charity.

He enjoyed painting and could also speak French, German and Latin.

Bob loved sport and played bridge, and also ran the banqueting nights at Coombe Abbey for 29 years.

Judy said: “He led his life to the full and was interested in most things.

“He was a very kind man.”

Judy thanked all their family and friends for their support, as well at Macmillan Nurses and the staff on ward 35 at University Hospital.

Bob’s funeral will take place at Oakley Wood Crematorium on January 12 at midday.

A celebration of his life will be held at Dunchurch Village Hall afterwards.