Goodbye to Bob

The funeral service (09.04.21.) of Bob Spiller was streamed online from St. Nicolas Church in Liverpool for those who could not attend in person. We were told a lot about Bob, underlining what a remarkable man he was.


On Bob’s coffin was a fez and a lovely photograph of Bob.


As part of the service, Bob’s son Bobby spoke fondly of his dad’s love of his family life. And, of course, Bob’s love of Laurel and Hardy came through.


Bob was born in 1927. He was involved in the Boys Brigade, later joined the RAF, and was posted in Egypt during the Second World War.


On graduating, he taught French, German and Spanish (and occasionally Russian). 


He married Freda in 1955.


Bobby spoke of his dad’s fondness of taking cine film, editing it, and screening it in his loft which had been converted to a home cinema. Laurel and Hardy films were often on the programme!


Bob retired from teaching early, in 1984, and spent many years as Grand Sheik of the Leave ‘em Laughing Tent of Liverpool. Bobby said “Leave ’em Laughing is what he would have wanted.” Following the church service, this was underlined when Bob entered the crematorium to The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, followed by The Cuckoo Song.


 Willie McIntyre