Popular character who loved to socialise

Date: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Bobby Burns
Bobby Burns

PENRITH lost a popular character with the death at his home in the town’s Union Terrace of retired electrician Bobby Burns, aged 69.

Bobby was one of the four children of the late Dennis and Peggy Burns, who ran Penrith’s Woolpack Inn and, later on, Agricultural Hotel. He had three sisters, Alva, Susan and Ann.

As a child he attended Penrith’s old Robinson’s School — now Penrith and Eden Museum — followed by the town’s County Boys and Ullswater schools.

After leaving school, he took an apprenticeship as an electrician with Beacon Trailers, and studied the subject at Stroud College, Gloucestershire.

He went on to work as an electrician at Agpac, B Construction, on a self employed basis and, up to the time of his retirement, with Kevin Hughes Electrical.

It was in 1968 that he met his future wife, Miss Joyce Bell, and the couple were married in 1972. They went on to have three sons, Chris, Martyn and Nicky, with the family living at Blencathra Court, Penrith. Latterly, Bobby lived with his partner, Susan Walker.

He loved cricket, being a keen supporter of the Penrith club, and also enjoyed watching rugby. He was one of the founding members of the town’s Wetheriggs Football Club, generally playing in goal but occasionally taking on an outfield role.

He was a close friend of noted carriage driver Robert Bowman and spent a great deal of time travelling around the country following the latter’s team of horses.

In recent times, Bobby, Robert and another old friend, Mike Brennan, formed the Old Codgers Club — known as OCC — which quickly grew in numbers and raised a lot of money for charity by holding events and providing entertainment in and around Penrith.

Above all, Bobby was a very sociable man who enjoyed meeting people, and he was well known in many town pubs.

He is survived by his partner, Susan; sons Chris, Martyn, Nicky and Lewis, all Penrith; and sisters Alva, Carlisle, and Ann, Maryport. He had three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.