Popular Rugby man dies aged 106

Tributes have been paid to a popular Rugby man who died two weeks after celebrating his 106th birthday.

Wednesday, 8th March 2017, 10:34 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:02 am
Bob with great grandaughter Mia.

Robert Anderson, known as Bob, was a resident at Cherry Trees residential home in Dunchurch Road.

His birthday was on Valentine’s Day and he died on February 28.

Bob was born in Gateshead, Newcastle, in 1911 and later moved to Rugby.

Bob celebrated his 106th birthday on Valentine's Day.

He had three children – two sons and one daughter – and was married to the late Cathy.

His daughter, Christine, said: “Dad was an amazing man.

“He worked hard all his life, having two allotments providing all our potatoes and vegetables.

“He took on as much overtime where he could to find the money for our annual train journey to Edinburgh by wonderful steam locomotive.

Bob celebrated his 106th birthday on Valentine's Day.

“We kids were so excited to see it pulling into Rugby station.”

His favourite pastimes were his cross country running with the BTH Harriers, and later bowling at Caldecott Park and Thornfield, for which he won many trophies.

Christine added: “He persuaded mum to join too, and together they would set off for a match then enjoy afternoon tea.”

She said her father had a great sense of humour and was a great role model.

“He was a wonderfully supportive father to each of us, and made us laugh with his many colourful stories of his early years in Gateshead delivering milk with Sally the horse.”

Bob’s grandson Marcus thought the world of his grandad. His wife Jade said: “We were so pleased out daughter Mia got to meet him.

“She loved him.

“Bob was a true gentleman who always put others first.

“He was kind and caring and had such a positive attitude.”

On his 105th birthday, Bob told the Advertiser said: “My advice to young people is to always be yourself and always be happy. Live every day like it’s your last.”

He had been at Cherry Trees residential home since 2011 and was loved by many.

His family said he will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Bob’s funeral takes place at Rainsbrook Crematorium in 
Rugby at 11.30am on Thursday, March 16.