Musician, football supporter and coin dealer who lived life he wanted

Date: Tuesday 28th August 2018

A FAMILY man who lived his life exactly as he wanted to, Mel Robson has died, aged 90.

Mr Robson was born to Reuben and Mabel in Penrith. He had one sister, Anne White, who lives at Hesketh Bank, Lancashire.

He attended Penrith County Boys School and after finishing education began work as a telegraph boy for the Post Office.

During this time, Mr Robson was called up to do his national service and was stationed in Malta. He joined the RAF band, where he played the euphonium, and so began a life-long interest in music.

He joined the Penrith British Legion Band, the forerunner of the town band, in his early 20s. He also played at Kendal and for Carlisle St Stephen’s band. It was a passion he later passed on to his son, Christopher, who plays the cornet, and the pair would play together.

When he came back to Penrith from his time in the RAF, he rejoined the Post Office and worked his way up to become the inspector in the sorting office.

In 1952 he married Margaret “Ray” Ellis, of Cliburn, at St Cuthbert Anglican Church. They were married for 64 years until Mrs Robson’s death.

Together, the couple had three children — Christopher, who lives in Carlisle, Barbara Hughes, of Penrith, and Susan Stephenson, also of Penrith.

The couple’s first home was at Cliburn, followed by Mill Street, Penrith, and then Howard Terrace, also Penrith, before moving to Clifford Road in the town.

In the 1970s, Mr Robson had a change of career and became an education welfare officer, which took him to schools across the district. He thoroughly enjoyed this role and it was a career path he continued in up until his retirement.

Another of Mr Robson’s interests was Penrith Football Club and he served as both committee member and treasurer. His family said if he wasn’t at band practice, he would be at the football club.

Mr Robson’s business ventures included dealing in coins, alongside friend Eric Merrie, under the name R. & M. Coins.

Mr and Mrs Robson also bought a hairdressers at Castlegate in the town, which was called Hair Style. Mrs Robson was a hairdresser and the couple owned the business for about 18 years.

In their younger years, they enjoyed dancing together and latterly enjoyed taking holidays abroad.

Mr Robson is survived by his three children, daughter and son-in-laws Jacquie Blude, Antony Stephenson and David Hughes; his sister; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.