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Bob Green – A True Gentleman

I was very sorry to learn that Bob Green, former Reading Borough Lib Dem Leader and Peppard ward Councillor, passed away this week. It is fair to say that Bob and I crossed swords on a number of occasions in the Council chamber but he was always unfailingly courteous outside. He was a good debater and always had the ability to speak fluently and spontaneously. He also managed to chart a sensible course for his party between the two big parties.

Bob was very much of the old school of Lib Dems. He did not believe in making personal attacks or descending into gutter politics. His Mayoral year highlighted his ability to reach out across the political divide and he was a very effective and successful Mayor both in the chamber and outside. His elevation to Freeman of the Borough of Reading was a logical continuation of his public service when he retired as a Councillor.

I remember when Bob’s illness became public knowledge and he continued valiantly without complaint. It was sad to see him struggle at one of the Council meetings when the extent of his illness became obvious. However, he fought back and made what seemed like a good recovery. I was therefore surprised to learn that he had passed away this week.

My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family but they can be assured that Bob’s memory will live on with the many people who knew him and respected him.


December 9, 2009 - Posted by | Local


  1. From the other end of the political spectrum, I’d second all that, Richard. When I was cabinet member for environment, he would typically pour scorn (politely) on my more barmy ideas in the Chamber, and then afterwards have a chat about how they could be made more practical.

    Comment by Jonny Morris | December 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. Richard have you seen the rather pathetic dig at you on Oranjepan’s website? It is a shame that he cannot show the same impartiality that he demands of others. There is nothing written above that would warrant petty sniping such as that shown by Oranjepan.

    Comment by Doodlebug | December 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Doodlebug – I try to avoid blogs that specialise in inaccurate smears and personal attacks!

      It is a shame that Oranjepan has sunk so low in response to what was a genuine and heartfelt tribute to a former Council (and Peppard ward) colleague of mine.

      Comment by Richard Willis | December 11, 2009 | Reply

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