Published in the Denbighshire Free Press on Wed 27 Mar 2013
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- ROBERT (BOB) McARTHUR - Of Duke Street, London, formally from Newtown, passed away, at home, in the arms of his family on March 2nd 2013.
Bob was born on April 22nd 1947 in Longmorn Cottage, Elgin to Winnie and Robert McArthur. At the age of 16, Bob moved to London to make a new life for himself. He began working as a cartographer for the Ministry of Defence. From the MoD, he moved to the Customs and Excise and became one of the first undercover drugs squad officers to work at Surrey Docks. In 1977, he was transferred within the Customs and Excise to Newtown where he became the local VAT man. With being brought up in Scotland in Glenburgie distillery, it was inevitable that Bob would, one day return to what he knew best. He returned to London and begun to build up a highly successful pub trade business, boasting the ‘finest whiskey bars in London’. His funeral took place on March 15th at Kemnal Park cemetery and was conducted by Dick Morgan (family friend). The cortege left from one of his bars, The Britannia, Kipling Street and the mourners followed the family in two original Routemaster London buses as there was such a large attendance. They all returned to The Britannia for the wake. Interment of his ashes will take place at Birnie Church, Elgin, where Bob was christened. Fitting tributes were read by Michael Walker (friend), Graham McArthur (nephew), Iain McArthur (son) and Georgia Buckley (Granddaughter). Bearers were Iain McArthur (son), Mike McArthur (brother), Mark and Graham McArthur (nephews), Bryn Buckley (son-in-law) and Dean Bebe (friend). Family mourners were Fiona and Bryn Buckley (daughter and son-in-law), Iain McArthur (son) and Debbie Hale (Iain's partner), Mike, June and Carol McArthur (brother and sisters), Georgia, Poppy and Rosie Buckley (Granddaughters), Mark and Graham McArthur (nephews) and Kyra Paisley (niece).
Fiona and Iain would like to offer huge thanks to all family, friends and colleagues for their loyalty and support over the last eight difficult months and for the overwhelming kindness that has been shown since their father passed away. Also for the many cards and donations received.
A special thanks to all of the staff on Professor Nutting’s team at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea, Tracey, our Macmillan nurse and to all of the wonderful staff at F.A. Albin and sons funeral directors in Bermondsey, London.
Donations can continue to be made to The Royal Marsden Cancer Care charity to help them continue their world-leading cancer research, education and care.