Memory Book of

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Robert Ernest Bridges MBE

Bob was an amazing man who helped so many people throughout his life.  He worked tirelessly to help people in his work at Westcombe Industries and as a member of Peterborough City Rowing Club for most of his life he helped many people especially young people to progress in the sport.  

We know it is not only our loss and you grieve with us, so let’s celebrate his life together to help us all through this difficult time.

In the last few days we asked Bob if he needed any shopping.  Thinking there may be some food or drink he would like.  He said very firmly that he would like a racing boat.  A very fast racing boat. We would like to honour his wish and donate a boat to Peterborough City Rowing Club. If you would like to donate to Bob’s Boat Fund please click here

As a family it would mean a great deal to us if you could take some time to share your memories, thoughts, feelings or funny stories.  He loved a funny story.

This book isn’t intended for sadness or sorrow we would like everyone to use it as a place to celebrate Bob’s life.

Please take time to post your photographs, videos, memories or stories and celebrate the life of a truly remarkable man with us.

Bob’s Family

Book Owner: Helen Curtis-Bridges
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Helen Curtis-Bridges

  This is from Westcombe industries who have asked me to post this. I can’t thank you all enough for your messages and stories they mean so very much and are wonderful at bringing back fond memories.   Our hearts and best wishes are with you at this sad time, from everyone at Westcombe …

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Nicola Bridges (Nikki)

I have loved reading these messages and hearing tales of times gone by. I guess the man I knew was different to the man some of you knew as he wasn’t Bob to me, he was and will always be my Grandad. I remember him sitting in his chair by the fireplace, in “Grandads room” …

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Steve Brown

Many great memories of Bob as a coach, mentor, friend, boss and club volunteer. He guided me when taking over, from him, as Junior Coordinator. His tireless work for PCRC will always be remembered.A great loss to the sport and his many friends.RIP Bob! …

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Judith Wilson

Bob was always helpful and liked.One of my memories of him was when the Probus ladies played scrabble at Bob’s home.He had diabetes but would always come and say hello just as we were having our biscuits,so that he was able to have one with us,as a special treat.He so loved his sweet food …

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Mike Jaggard

I first met Bob in 1955, coxed his crews in 1956-58, and have many happy memories of the time we have spent together since.  I will miss Bob for our Sunday lunchtime drink in the Club bar reminiscing on the old days, his wry sense of humour, and provocative comments to engage in discussion. …

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Neville Walker

I first met Bob in 1955 as an apprentice at Newall Engineering, Bob a turner.  He convinced me and three other apprentices to form a crew.  In those days we travelled  to regattas by bus with boats strapped on top. On one trip I remember (Norwich regatta after the dance) I challenged  Bob to …

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Shirley & Michael Saunders

Through our contacts with Colin Brooks Associates we both knew Jill before we met Rob; Mike introduced them to The CPSO and we met Rob at a following Concert.  Thereafter we nearly always had a chat in Concert intervals and during one of these chats we discovered that we shared something rather special with …

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Bev Stevens - Probus’87

In addition to his involvement in rowing, Bob was also a long-standing member of Probus’87 and contributed hugely to the activities of the club.  For many years he was Director of Golf (or DOG as we call it), and regularly played twice weekly until a combination of failing eyesight and the frailty of age …

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Helen Curtis-Bridges

I can’t thank you all enough for your brilliant messages they trigger so many precious memories. Please do keep them coming. I loved your message Julian it reminded me of Dad announcing some time ago ‘now that I am in my eigthyth year of life, I have to accept there may not be that …

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Steve Casey

I joined PCRC in 1977 and although I believed I was technically “ok” at rowing I didn’t have the strength to pull the skin off a rice pudding so I knew I was never going to progress. It was with this realisation that I turned to coaching and it was Bob who encouraged me …

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Julian Popple

Bob and I engaged in some competitive, dark humour. I was experiencing some illness for which the prognosis then was not particularly good. Bob adopted what became a popular approach, accusing me of both attention seeking and malingering; a perceptive man! Such conversations can reach unusual places and we found ourselves agreeing to a …

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Peter Dolby

I didn’t know Bob as a coach of me or any of the crews I rowed in, he had coached some of those crew members so he coaching impact did touch my own rowing activities. I did see and hear Bob coaching many many young crews who benefited greatly and some of whom are …

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Matthew Newton

I remember Bob sharing his coaching experience with all coaches. He played a pivotal role in campaigning tirelessly for the Junior Section at Peterborough City Rowing Club fundraising and always seeking new ways to improve the experience of young people joining the club. He recruited me as the Assistant Junior Coordinator and encouraged me …

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John Canton

Helen I think you will enjoy this picture of your father at Henley taking full advantage of the fact that he was not under the watchful eye of your mother! Your comment about Dr Chinn’s advice on diet reminds me that your father would often say at the bar that he had been recommended …

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Tim Clarke

Such sad news. Bob was an inspiration as a coach, a true friend, and the work he did with disabled people was awesome. Back in the early 1980’s I was lucky to have Bob coaching me, but we were also trying to get the Head of the Nene ‘computerised’. So I worked on the …

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Dave Truss

Bob was a really kind and generous man, coaching so many people and crews at the club over the years that I had known him. He was particularly good at getting the best out of people, by using his quiet and persuading voice to explain why he wanted you to “do it again”. He …

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Helen Curtis-Bridges

Thank you all for your kind words. Could this possibly be the legendary Dr Chinn whose epic dieting advice ‘if you want to loose weight use a smaller plate’ gave us a lot of amusement.  Bob/Dad possibly after a few too many whiskeys shared this advice with Jill/Mum.  Now one of our Mum’s main …

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Luke H. Taylor

Bob was a fantastic coach and great motivator. He also had a wry sense of humour which he could use to good effect if you were in the loop. I seem to remember one regatta meeting at the end of a season the rivals of our crew were hanging around near our boats whilst …

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Jan Taylor

I have many happy memories of beautiful days spent on the lake bank at PCRC with Bob.  It was a privilege to have him as a mentor.  Jill, Bob and I spent many wonderful days at Henely Royal Regatta, with fabulous picnics.  If our juniors were involved it was extra special.  But I remember …

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David Chinn

I knew Bob for many years ,initially he recruited me as Medical Officer for Westcombe Sheltered Workshops .We worked together each week over a long period of time under his expert guidance.Bob cared deeply for the welfare of all those working in the Print and Machine shops ,later the assessment unit and arranging placements …

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John Canton

Having known Bob for over 40 years I have many memories of him in different contexts. One memory is of his fondness for food and drink. He was never able to resist cake and even after he was diagnosed as diabetic he would eat cake when Jill was not looking! However he was something …

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Rebecca Clephan

As we all know Bob was a fantastic character all round. I have however have a stand out memory of him. This came about because of my coaching of juniors at PCRC. I love coaching but it does come with some drawbacks – mainly because everyone involved is very passionate about the sport so sometimes …

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