Robert Strong (d. 1964, aged 79)


From the Ringing World:


We regret to record the death of Mr. Robert A. Strong, M.B.E., of Saffron Walden, at the age of 79, in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, on June 26th, following an operation.

Mr.Strong was born at Warminster, Wilts. and came to Saffron Walden in 1904, as a pupil and teacher at the Boys' British School. He continued teaching at this school till 1932, when the Borough Council took a lease of Fry's Gardens, and he was appointed gardening instructor to local schools. He was awarded an M.B.E. in 1946 for this work.

When he arrived at Saffron Walden he could just manage Grandsire Triples. The following year he rang his first peal on the local bells, the method being Stedman Triples. Two years later he rang a peal of Cambridge Surprise Major. He became secretary of the local society in 1911 and was responsible for all the clerical work connected with augmenting the ring from eight to 12 bells in 1914 and the catering arrangements for over 200 visitors. He was very fond of 12 bell ringing and his favourite method was Stedman Cinques.

In his younger days he was a fine sports-man and played for the town football and cricket clubs.

The funeral service took place in the Parish Church on July 2nd and was attended by a large gathering of mourners. The church had been most beautifully decorated by the Flower Club for the Patronal Festival, which made a fitting tribute to one who had loved flowers and worked with them most of his life. In the evening the local band rang the bells half-muffled as a tribute.

His companionship and sense of humour will be greatly missed. R.I.P.        L. E. P.

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