A farewell to Rob..

It is with deep sadness and regret that we have to  announce the passing of Rob on Friday June 22nd 2018 aged just 61.  It has come as a huge shock to his loving wife Debbie and daughters Louise and Eleanor, who are devastated, and to the rest of his family, his many friends, colleagues and customers.

Memorial Service and Celebration of Rob’s life – Tuesday 17th July

We will be holding a memorial service and wake, and all those who would like to attend and remember Rob are welcome to come along and join in the celebration of his life.  As Rob was an artist with a love and appreciation of colour, we request that attendees don’t wear black.  The details are:

2:00 p.m. – Holy Trinity Church, Upper Brook Street, Winchester, SO23 8DG, for a memorial service and celebration of his life.

Then onto…

3:00 p.m. – The Willow Tree, 14 Durngate Terrace, Winchester, SO23 8QX, for the wake and to swap stories, of which there will no doubt be many!

In the meantime, please do use the comment section below to send in your memories of Rob, as his family would dearly love to read them. Many thanks!

Rest in peace Rob, you will never be forgotten and always sorely missed. x

22 thoughts on “A farewell to Rob..”

  1. I worked with Buscombe for a few years and the memories that I will remember for a very long time! Such sad news to hear it thoughts go out to the family

    R.I.P Mr B

  2. So very sad to here that Rob has passed away. We only knew Rob through our chats in the aisles of Tescos, but it was always lovely to talk to him about art and music and Canada and cats. Such a sensitive and creative man (wish I’d heard him play).
    We will miss our chance meetings and discussions. Love to Debbie and all his family. Bye Rob: (s) + j + e = xxx

  3. Rob is such a great friendly bloke who will be missed by all his work colleagues and customers thoughts go out to his family at this tough time RIP rob

  4. Goodbye to a larger than life friend. You will be so missed and I imagine St Peter has you now on “Meet & Greet” So sad for the family you leave behind. God bless.

  5. A larger than life lovely guy who enhanced everyone’s life. He will be missed.

  6. If ever there were a man to define a “gentle-man” then it was Rob.

    His ability to accept people for who and what they are and to welcome them into his life should be an example to us all.

    Larger than life, yet so smooth and gentle that you always felt calm when you were with him. A talented and clever man with solid, honourable values who always had a glint in his eye, a funny story or a cheeky wink.

    We will miss you Rob but we will forever try to remind those you have left of the happy times we shared.

    Dash, Jane, Tibbie, Immie and Rio

  7. Walking into Tescos today and reading of Robs passing was a huge shock and it took sometime to get our heads round it.
    A nicer guy you couldn’t wish to meet. Robs friendly chats with the customers he came into contact with from his time on the check outs to latterly getting feedback from those customers was always met with an interest in how life was going for them.
    We always spoke about his travels and about ours,and very often put the world to rights.
    He will be sorely missed. condolences to Robs family
    Chris and Bob Newland

  8. Rob was a lovely gentle man who loved and treasured his family and adored his grandsons. He will be sadly missed especially at family gatherings.

  9. I have only known you through your job at Tesco but you were a lovely charming man. I will miss seeing you at Tesco or around Winnall with Rupert.

    Kirsty x

  10. I was devastated on Friday, going in to Tesco for my weekly shop and looking forward to my usual chat with Rob, a lovely man who became a friend. We used to chat when he worked at the check out, then in the wine section and then, when Rob was promoted to Meet and Greet, a role for which this lovely, affable man was perfectly suited – I’m heartbroken to think we’ll never chat again.
    My heart goes out to Debbie and to Rob’s daughters in offering deep and heartfelt condolences. Please do let me know if there is an opportunity to take part in any celebration of Rob’s life.

  11. Rob noticed my Vulcan pin badge a few years ago in Tesco – he explained that he had a love of aircraft and flying. Many times did we have a short chat about aircraft – he was planning to visit the Vulcan at Doncaster once our new hangar is open to the public.
    So it’s so very sad to have lost Rob – a gentle, knowledgeable, enthusiastic man. A great loss to his family and the wider community.

  12. Rob’s presence in Tesco will always be remembered with affection. Our sympathy to the family.

  13. I’m so shocked to hear about this. I went into the store and just. Gut wrenching. Rob was always lovely to work with and a great laugh to be around. He will be sorely missed by all. I would like to attend the funeral or wake if possible.
    If there is anything I can do to help the family, please let me know.
    RIP Rob, you are and forever will be remembered.

  14. We are so very sorry to hear the sad news about Rob passing away. We will see you on the 17th. Sending you lots of love Debbie. Take care. Love Ian and Lin white.xx

  15. My friend texted me a couple of days after Robs passing as I was due to start my shift.
    I had my two days off and on the Monday had received my usual warm greeting but as I was pushed to clock in I promised to catch up with him soon but that was the last time I spoke to him.
    Rob was my friend and colleague as latterly we worked out twilights in close proximity.
    He would help me if I had a difficult request on beer wine and spirits and stand twiddling his beard as he sought out the answer.
    In return I would help him out on dairy queries and order his labels for the promo changes.
    At last he found his idea job for the just a few weeks and confided to me how happy he was.So sad it was all swept away all to soon.
    To Debbie and family go out my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy.
    My kind regards
    Terry—stock control

  16. I was so shocked to see Robs photo instead of the man himself to greet me at Tescos. He was such a lovely friendly man. We always had a chat about our dogs! From reading all the comments I can see that Rob had an amazing ability to find a common interest with all his customers and remembered each individual when they visited Tescos. He really was a gentleman in every sense and such a huge credit to Tescos. I miss his friendly face and our chats. Thoughts are with his family who must be in total shock at the suddeness of this!

  17. We are shocked and saddened to hear of Rob’s passing. Our deepest condolences to the family and close friends. Our hearts and prayers are always with you all.

  18. I want to pass on my deepest condolences to Debbie, Eleanor, Louise, Wendy, Christian and David with Rob’s passing. I remember Rob coming to the farm on the Grand River in Caledonia, visiting his MOM & Alf. Rob would brighten up the room with his smile, stories and gentle gestures. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. rob was the best friend ever so much fun and a very kind soul we were so sad to hear of his passing it was a shock sorry for his family as well missed him so much when he moved to England we were close friends in Canada sleep well rob

  20. No words can explain the loss of Rob, he had so many plans for the future with Debbie and his family, what a shock!

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