Friends and Fellow Bowlers turned out in force to pay an emotional tribute to Bexhill Bowling Club Chairman Bob Mason as his funeral cortege visited the club’s ground in Richmond Road, Bexhill today.
Representatives in Club Colours from throughout the area lined the street and spontaneously applauded as the hearse inched past.
Daughter Nikki has written on our Facebook page:
On behalf of mum (Pearl), Michelle, Paul, Liz, Lee and I we would like to thank everyone for the kind wishes, cards, phone calls, beautiful flowers and support we have received at this difficult time. We have been overwhelmed with the kindness and are so proud of dad and the massive impact he has had on so many people. It brings us great comfort to know he was loved by so many.
With regards to donations to St Michael’s hospice in memory of dad, Arthur Towner Funeral directors are happy to collect all donations and send them to the hospice under dad’s name. For those wishing to give a donation, and to ensure it is classed as a donation for dad, you can take it into Arthur Towner’s office and let them know it is in memory of Robert James Mason or alternatively you can post it to them at:
Arthur C Tower Ltd,
1 Albert Road,
Bexhill on Sea,
Sandra and Dave Willis wrote:
Bob will be greatly missed he was one of the very large characters of Bexhill Bowls Club and worked very hard always with the interest of the club and its members at the forefront of his mind , always there to help when needed and a great friend.
Our love and deep condolences go out to Pearl and the family at this difficult time.
God Bless from Dave and Sandra
President, Simon Dunkley sends our club’s condolences on the sad death of Bob Mason
Chairman Polegrove BC
Members of Spartan & Lakeside BC were very sorry to hear of Bob’s death,
they all join in sending deepest sympathy to Pearl and family.
Would you kindly pass on our sincere condolences at an appropriate time.
Bob enjoyed his bowling, his humour and enthusiasm will be sadly missed
both indoors and outdoors.
Hon. Sec. Spartan & Lakeside BC
Gutted to here of the sad passing of friend Bob our club chairman and larger than life stalwart of our club over many years.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Pearl and her family at this very sad time.
He will really be missed, always there with a quip when needed and advice when required, a truly great person
John Bishop wrote:
I will never forget my first club afternoon.
During the tea interval, Bob announced to the Club:
We have a new member here with us this afternoon
“Welcome John Bishop
He tells me that he is not from Liverpool and that he is not a comedian,
Well let me tell you something, I have watched him this afternoon and his bowling’s a bleeding joke. It’s certainly had me laughing.”
That was some introduction, but Bob said it with a twinkle in his eye and you just could never take offence at anything he said.
It was always good humoured and without malice.
He went on to help and encourage me to get involved with club matches and internal competitions and because of that support my enjoyment of bowls has been the richer.
Let me also say this:
I would not be doing what I do now for the club had it not been for Bob’s enthusiasm and love of Bexhill Bowling Club
I was really looking forward to Bob’s involvement as Chairman and the club will now be an empty, sombre, quiet place.
His mere presence would lift the atmosphere and spirits of those around him
He made life feel a whole lot better.
Very sad news
Skinny bloke coming through’ was a classic Bob Mason quip, Bexhill Bowls Club will never see his like again. RIP Bob.
Bob will be greatly missed our hearts go out to Pearl,Bob was a shining light at Bexhill Bowlng Club.God bless
Bob was the life and soul of the club and I, along with the rest of the club, will miss him very much.
The club will not be the same without him.He will be greatly missed by all of us.
He will be missed so much by us all.
May he rest in peace. He was the heart and soul to Bexhill bowling club
The club won’t be the same without the cheeky chappy – he always made you smile. God Bless.
You’ll be greatly missed.It just wont be the same,who else will take the micky out of me now.rest in peace Bob
When I heard I had to sit down and stop what I was doing for a bit.
Bob Mason has helped the Division greatly over the last couple of years and was a friend to myself.
RIP Bob, You will be missed and I do hope you continue to play upstairs.
Division 1 Vice Patron’s Controller