Aged 15 years he was taken on as errand boy at Turner’s Stores.
Within a short time he knew Horsted Keynes through and through, and Horsted Keynes
got to know and love him.
His was an ascent from errand boy to the top as, over and beyond his work and family
commitments, he became our servant leader on the Parish Council, at the Royal British
Legion and in many other spheres.
Bob Pelling died early on New Year’s Day strengthened by the rites of the Church
he loved and keeping that joyous sparkle in his eye almost to the end. His funeral
was one of the largest I have seen in St Giles.
Our last big memory of him was on Remembrance Sunday when he read out names from
the Cenotaph and we followed him back to the Horsted Club for his 90th birthday party.
You could hardly get in the Club then and you could hardly get in for the funeral
At Bob’s funeral I praised his loyal service to Our Lord and to the village and said
his passing should shake us out of complacency about our common life. The best legacy
of the errand boy who became Councillor is our own more costly investment of time
and trouble in this village lest it become a place far less than he has left it.
God rest his soul and bring comfort to Jean his wife of 68 years, son John, grandson
Rob and the family.