Tribute paid to Budleigh’s ‘loveable rogue’ Bob Hill
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 July 2018
A tribute has been paid to Budleigh Salterton’s ‘lovable rogue’ who would do ‘anything for anyone’.
Hundreds packed into St Peter’s Church last month for the funeral of 71-year-old Bob ‘bruv’ Hill – also known as ‘Uncle Bob’ – who died suddenly surrounded by his family.
The gas engineer, who lived in the Greenway Lane area of the town most of his life, was known for his bonfires disrupting football training sessions in East Budleigh, and was once confused with ‘Doc Brown’ from Back to the Future.
His widow, Janet, told the Journal that Budleigh ‘will never be same’ following her husband’s death.
She said: “If anyone had a problem, he was there and he called everyone ‘bruv’.
“We thought he would go on forever – one of his brothers said he thought he was indestructible.
“Someone said that Greenway Lane will never be the same again but I think Budleigh will never be the same.”
Bob was born in 1947, in Boyne Road, Budleigh, near the house, in Greenway Lane, where he and his wife Janet lived for more than 40 years.
He went to school at what is now St Peter’s Primary School, eventually going on to Exmouth Boys Secondary Modern – now known as the community college.
It was at primary school that he met Janet. They were married at the town’s Methodist church in 1969.
After leaving school, Bob trained as a gas engineer and eventually set up his own business.
Janet said Bob used to charge a cup of tea and a biscuit for his services but if someone crossed him he would say ‘I’m VAT registered today’.
Bob was well known as being ‘football mad’ and was best remembered for his time playing for Budleigh Salterton and East Budleigh football clubs as well as various Sunday teams.
His passion for the sport was passed on to his son Kevin, who went on to play for Torquay United and is now the manager of Exmouth Town Football Club.
Bob is survived by his wife Janet, children Kevin, Kelly and Nicholas as well as his brother Gerald and sisters Pauline, Jackie, Christine, Linda and Rachel.
He also leaves behind four grandchildren Elisha, Caitlin, Lucas and Reuben.