Robert Douglas Weare (30 Apr 1939 - 29 May 2018)

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21st Jun 2018
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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.

Karen and Phil Dobbie and Weare donated £21 in memory of Robert
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Julia Powell donated £10.50 in memory of Robert

In memory of Bob, a lovely man who will be sadly missed.

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James Bayliss wrote

Grandad was a winner, which was lucky, because he hated to lose!
This was particularly evident in the game of dominoes, a favourite game of ours. Grandad would always have a strategy and would say that he was going to win and that we had little hope! However, it sometimes didn’t go to plan, especially as we all wanted to beat him! Because of this, Grandad would always have a hankie on hand to wipe his tears especially after I had beaten him again! Despite this, in my eyes Grandad was always the winner and the one to beat!
Both Grandad and I shared a passion for reading. When I was little, Mum and I would read together and if we ever encountered a ‘Wow Word’ we would always test Grandad on the definition. Grandad was like our human dictionary. There wasn’t a word that Grandad didn’t know. As well as this, he was very knowledgeable. However, this knowledge would come at a price - one whole guinea! I would always laugh at that.
One of Grandad’s favourite past times was to eat biscuits! Whenever we would visit there would always be a biscuit tin, filled to the brim with goodies! However, this supply would rapidly diminish after every single visit. Sometimes I wondered whether I was just there for the biscuits, or for the company, despite this we all know it was for the biscuits and the chance to beat Grandad at dominoes!
Goodbye my biscuit eating, knowledge selling, domino winning Grandad! You will be so missed. I love you!
Your favourite Grandson- James.

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Fee Plumley wrote

Fond memories of times past in childhood with the Twins in your family home, thank you.

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Sue Bayliss wrote

My Poem:


You met mum when she was fifteen;
You both really were love's sweet dream,
You planned on two children with much glee,
And were blessed to have us three!

Youth club discos, you chauffeured us by car;
Delivering our friends home, no matter how near or far!
We knew the only rule that applied;
Any sickness, then up early to clean the car inside!

Cards, Scrabble and Dominoes,
You were always determined to win;
But we all knew from an early age,
To beat dad would be the ultimate sin!

Job applications and CVs,
For us you wrote the very best;
We were happy to let you,
We merely put up our feet and enjoyed the rest!

When I called to visit you and mum,
I never once tired of hearing you say;
"Thank you so much for calling, but we don't need any pegs today!"

Always articulate and clever;
You knew the names of every bird and bumble,
Salad and vegetables were a no no.
But always double helpings of apple crumble!

Turkey, Cuba and Egypt, you and mum would often flee,
When back in England you would be found researching our family tree.

With you huge love for fishing it would only be fair to say,
Dad, you were truly the best and ....................the very one that got away!

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Bob keeping Mike & Pam's granddaughter Freya amused.

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Michael Acott donated £52.50 in memory of Robert

Fond memories of the good times we've had with you Bob, especially on our Turkish holidays. Pam & Mike xx

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Michael Acott wrote

Fond memories of all the good times we've had with you Bob, especially on our Turkish holidays. Love Pam and Mike x

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Michael Acott wrote

Fond memories of all the good times we've had with you Bob, especially on our Turkish holidays. Love Pam & Mike x

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Michael Acott wrote

Fond memories of all the good times with you Bob, especially on our Turkish holidays.

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Sue Bayliss donated £52.50 in memory of Robert

To the best dad and grandad in the world! We love and miss you! Sue, Alan, Poppy and James xxx

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