Many on the croquet circuit will be very sad to hear of the death of Bob Fewtrell on the 26th May 2006, at the age of 66. The presence of Bob and his wife Faith at many tournaments was just one aspect of an extraordinarily full life, with their time divided between a house in New Zealand, their narrow boat on which they travelled the length and breadth of Britain, and their smallholding on the Isle of Wight. Their Christmas Round Robin letter was always one of the few I looked forward to, as it filled one with admiration with just how much they managed to cram in.
Bob and Faith met when he was in the merchant navy and she was a nurse. In later life they spoke of their delight at walking over Waterloo Bridge on the way to an evening at the National Theatre, in contrast to years gone by when it was often the prelude to many months apart as Bob joined a ship in the Pool of London.
Bob's heart had not been in good shape for some time. However this had been overshadowed by Faith's diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease, which has caused a dramatic decline in her health over recent months. Despite the indomitable courage with which she has faced her illness, she was still more or less completely reliant on Bob to look after her, so his passing away is a particularly sad blow.
The thoughts of all their friends will be with Faith and her family at this very difficult time.