Posted on 20/08/2022 By

Bobby & Bertie looking at each other enjoying one of their heritage rail weekend.Crowcombe Heathfield Station. West Somerset Railway.

Our family is deeply saddened to inform you that our lovely Dad, Father-in-law and Grandad, Bob Ball (Bobby Ballcock), passed away on Tuesday, 16 August 2022. It was unexpected. as he had been so full of life to the end, and we are all in shock.

He was found on his allotment, in a beautiful setting framed by the Surrey Hills, with the village church bells ringing out behind him. He’d been watering his Sweet Peas, which are in full bloom. It couldn’t have been a more serene and poetic setting, which is some comfort.

Sweet Peas.

We are all trying to come to terms with this sad news. We are contacting as many of Bob’s huge network of friends as possible, and are sorry if this is the first you’ve heard about the sad news. We’d appreciate your help in sharing this message and informing everyone that Bob knew, and you are welcome to contact us.

His funeral will be a celebration of a unique individual – a true one-off – and we will be letting everyone know the details once organised.

Bobby, with Bertie in his rucksack, walking with his pacer poles on Skomer Island.

With love,
Andrew, Marie, Giselle and Daisy-Mae

Bobby's walking sticks and hat on a wet bench.



  1. My heart goes out to you all on hearing this sad news. I met Bob at The Gentle Author’s blog writing course last autumn and was drawn to his warmth, humour and openness in sharing his story with us. His blog post which he read to us about how he persevered with a day out despite anxiety moved me deeply, and I felt it should be shared widely as it would encourage others to be brave and keep going. I’m am thinking about you all and hope you derive some comfort from his last moments in his allotment surrounded by his beautiful flowers.

  2. Shula says:

    I met Bobby too on the gentle authors course. Saddened to hear of his death but so glad he found this skill and fulfilment in his posts and will always be an inspiration to others.

  3. Bernadette Josiah says:

    I am so sad to hear this news. I met Bob with a couple of his friends for the first time at the garden festival in Spitalfieds, London recently. What a wonderful afternoon and what an interesting person. I have reflected on that day ever since & joined Bob’s website. What a wonderful man, may he RIEP

  4. Really sad news. His blogs will be missed and I know he will be missed by all who knew him. Only met him briefly from the blogging course several years ago but kept up with his blogs which were always an interesting read. Having lost my husband last year I know how empty your lives will be with the loss of such a larger than life character. He will always be in your hearts. Diane xx

  5. Phil and Gill Barnett says:

    Bob was the greatest of friends and I am so sorry for your enormous loss. We will all miss him terribly. It was such a shock to hear that he had passed away so suddenly and unexpectedly. He was with us just the other week to prepare the blog on Grandma’s House. He sat on our settee enjoying coffee and cake and chatting – as usual Bob did most of the talking! We know he loved his family very much as he was always telling us what his grand children were up to. I’ve enjoyed his company on so many walks over the years and he really loved being outside with nature. So it was fitting that he was outside doing what he loved when he passed away. My condolences to you all.

  6. Dave S says:

    Shocked and very sad to hear this news. My thoughts and sincere condolences to you all.

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