On promotion to sergeant in 2000, Bob was posted to West Clacton on a community team. He spent 5 years leading this team and it will be for his work during this period that he will be best remembered. Bob felt passionately about his community, gaining their support and making a difference to many of their lives, not only with the reduction of crime but also in his fund raising for various local causes. During his 19 years with Essex Police he was awarded three Chief Constable's Commendations and the Millard trophy for his work with the community in West Clacton.
On Tuesday 29th January 2008 Bob was travelling to work on his motor cycle when a car pulled out into his path, knocking him off his bike and killing him instantly. Bob will be remembered for his great sense of humour and the support he gave friends and colleagues in and outside the service. Bob planned to marry his fiancee Emma in August 2008 and leaves behind two sons Fraser and Ben.
The February issue of Essex Police's own newspaper, 'The Law' carried the following report of Bob's funeral which was held at the chapel at West Mersea Crematorium.