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In loving memory of Robert (Bob) Douglas Weare who sadly passed away on 29th May 2018
Robert Douglas Weare (Bob) came into this world on 30th April 1939 in Taunton, Somerset as the first child of Norman and Phyllis Weare. He was the elder brother of Michael, Tony and the twins Phillip and Janet. As a war baby his early years were quite difficult which was exasperated by his asthma with him being bed ridden between ages 6 – 8 and unable to attend school. Once out and about again he discovered his love for fishing which played an integral part of his life. He and his friend Mike were always casting out a line at French Weir in Taunton during their teenage years. In 1956 he met the love of his life, Ann at a Christmas party, but this didn’t dampen his enthusiasm for fishing. He and Mike Underhill would go night fishing and their girlfriends Ann and Eileen would bring them there breakfast in the morning. With this kind of service was it any wonder he didn’t learn to cook!
Ann and Bob were married on 5th July 1958 and bought their first home in Trull, where Ann had been born. They were blessed with three children, Andrew and the twins Susan and Jacqueline and four grandchildren, Ruby, Ben, Poppy and James.
Bob had started work as a draughtsman at Somerset County Council and worked his way up to Planning Officer and secured a position with Essex County Council based in Chelmsford and the family moved into Great Tey in 1966. Bob continued to work in this capacity at the council until 1985 when he retired due to his continued asthma problems which were worse in the office as his colleagues could and did smoke in the workplace at that time.
The family enjoyed living in Great Tey and Bob used his skills as a draughtsman and knowledge of planning regulations to design his own house extension and the one for the house next door and also did the plans for the Great Tey school swimming pool.
After Bob retired he developed a keen interest in family history and traced his own family tree back about 300 years and he also helped several other people with tracing their family trees.
Bob also enjoyed travel especially when it involved fishing. He fished on the Florida Keys, Panama Canal, Cuba and Scotland. He had frequent holidays in Olu Deniz, Turkey with Ann and would spend days fishing down at the lagoon with Ann still bring his food down to him!
To end this short memory of Bob I would like to say that he was a great listener and would always be there for you and offer his support and constructive advice whenever it was needed and he will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.