I have became a great fan of
Technofile and watched Bob and admired his knowledge and enthusiasm. A
great character on the TV and his presence will be sadly missed
My thoughts are with those who were
close to him.
Anyone who enjoys something can't fail to be saddened when
someone who has helped you understand it passes away. Bob did this for the
whole nation with Technology. He will be missed. My deepest sympathies to
his loved ones.
Sorry to hear the shock news Bob was a great presenter on
Technofile and Road Test . He will be sadly missed condolences to all
his friends and family.
Last night (Saturday 10th Feb) I picked up the latest
issue of What DVD only to see the sad news about Bob's untimely death, I
was shocked and stunned as only the same evening I watched a program
called "roadtest" on .tv channel on sky with Bob on it. I
foundly remember Bob's "inspector gadget" slot on talk radio on
saturday mornings a few years ago which I use to always find interesting
mainly to Bob's
enthusiasm for the gadgets he was talking about. Like many I will miss him
and my condolences go out to his family and many friends.
While you were with us, you
made life for we gadgeteers all that more wonderful. You will be missed
by all who appreciated the handling of, or, better still, owning of a
Jim Christie Johannesburg,
It was sad to know that Bob has passed away. I'm a Sri
Lankan. I saw him in Technofile. He was a popular personel amoung Sri
Lankans. The way he present the new electronics gadgets, and his work all
world is simply Great.
May he rest in peace
Nadeera Jazeel, Sri Lanka
Bob was a very nice man.
He will be sorely missed. It was quite a shock.
We were so shocked to read of Rom's death. Neither of us
are computer experts and Tom's enthusiasm, clarity of thought and clear
explanations gave us a much better understanding.
|Wow. I hadn't heard the news until I came
across this page earlier this evening and am greatly saddened by it.
Hardly any gadget, certainly home cinema kit, in my house was bought
without some tips and advice from Bob via What Video and since then all
the other articles magazines and Sky TV pieces he has done.
The face I was looking for some info on a camcorder that I remember him
mentioning in an article a few months ago, and that was how I came across
this news is testament to the dependable, readable and truthful (!)
reviews he imparted.
Gadget lovers will miss him big time.
To whoever is maintaining this site, I
was present at the funeral on Friday and afterwards at the Beverley pub.
To introduce myself I used to live about a mile from Bobs place across
the other side of the Mitcham common. When I first met Bob, Radio
Invicta was still on AM and Bob was working at a photographic shop in
New Malden - near the railway station.
Before I knew it I was a budding DJ on his
station and started to help out with the broadcasts from the tops
of the flats in Putney and Kew - in fact I was instrumental in obtaining
a key for the Putney block as I was caretaking a flat ( on the top floor
) for a friend at the time while he was on a three month vacation in
Greece - and the cat had a habit of getting out a window and
becoming stuck on the roof - and of course I had to request the key from
the caretaker - and of course the key did not get returned until we
had a copy made !
I continued to help out and produce the
occasional show (I never considered myself real DJ material but the mike
did give me some self-confidence which as a shy young man I was lacking)
until I joined BT as a telephone engineer ( even working at Mitcham
Telephone Exchange for a while) and decided on moral grounds to stop assisting
Radio Invicta (for if I were caught I could cost me the job). I last met
Bob in 1978 outside the phoneboxes during a broadcast where he
introduced me to a young Miss Toze, who had come down to help out with
I lost louch with Bob but many years later
I saw him one morning on Breakfast TV
showing off one of the first DVD
players - I wrote to Bob at his magazine address and was
pleased to receive a Xmas card a couple of months later. A year
later and another card arrived ( with his E-mail address this
time) - I accordingly sent him an electronic postcard of the
local library in Northwich and he replied with a delightful picture of
himself - which is the attachment to this note. I felt after the
funeral that this picture is the way many of Bobs friends would like to
remember him so ask that it could be made available on his website.
thank you and regards,
David Arcus ( was David Benson on
"Bob and I became good friends through our common association with
Media Network, and we often chatted
on ICQ about the latest toys and gadgets. This news was a complete shock to me, and it is
just so very hard to believe that he is gone.
Rest in peace, Bob."
I loved watching Bob on
Techofile. Very sad to hear of Bob's passing.Condolences to his
wife and family. Kind