Memory Book of


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 …

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” …

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! …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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