Posted by Webmaster on January 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM
Ian Buster Mottram has kindly given us permission to use his post from Facebook.
In memory of my friend Robert 'Bob' Pring who sadly passed away yesterday 29 January 2017.
Most people knew Bob as the Harmonica Man, sitting on the bus stop seat playing the harmonica for ages, easily talking to people on a range of subjects; his favourites were sport and music.
He was a very intelligent man with a fantastic memory of everything he ever learned, it seemed.
He played the harmonica but also guitar and banjo.
While he was hospitalised recently I and another friend would visit him at the weekends and although his health didn't seem to be improving, it never got him down. He even came up with a couple of hundred new ideas for a thesis if only he could do the research etc.
He was always concerned with the well-being of the people of Long Buckby and as many can tell you, he would readily volunteer to sit and play his harmonica for hours in return for whatever people would donate, then give it all to the chosen charity. I think he made about £35.00 at the last Feast!
He volunteered at Milton Keynes Hospital Radio and I received this email today from the Vice Chairman. I include an extract:
"Bob has been a Member at MKHR for over 10 years (sadly our Membership Records don’t record the exact date he joined). Before that he was a member of other Hospital Radio stations in the London area, and was rightly recognised by the national Hospital Broadcast Association a few years ago for his dedication to the movement with a Long Service Award and Certificate. I worked closely with Bob on the Sports show for many years, he as the studio anchor whilst we provided commentary from stadium:mk on live matches. He was a constant in the team for around 8 years before his recent ill health forced him to take a break. We were all hoping he would be able to return, but sadly that wasn’t to be. He was also a stalwart member of our fundraising team, attending virtually every event during the period, most of which featured a turn by ‘Bob the Busker’ on his harmonica. He was a big part of everything we have done over the last 10 years and will be missed by us all.
Many of us would like to pay our last respects to our friend, so could I ask that you let me know the arrangements for his funeral so that we can attend."
I will miss you Bob. R.I.P.
Robert 'Bob' Pring busking for charity at Long Buckby Feast, August 2016.