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A Tribute to Bob Elwood.

Bob and Elma have been members of Crystal Bowls Club for more than 20 years. Except for the last two years, due to Bob’s ill health, they have both been strong supporters of our club. They took part in most, if not all, of our Social Events including all the Winter Tours that we used to arrange. Bob played for us in the days when we used to enter County and National Competitions and always supported our own Internal Competitions. He also played for us in the Redditch Triples League and he was also men's vice-captain for one year.

The first mention of Bob in my Newsletters is in the one for January 2000 when he, together with Pat Bowler and Kath and Mike Brown, won the autumn half of the Winter League. The next mention of Bob is in 2002 when he won the Outdoor Triples Competition with Pat Bowler and Mike Brown. Bob won several of our club competitions, the Mens Pairs, the Club Pairs, the Nominated Pairs and the Triples. In one year he was also runner up in the Men's Singles.

Bob loved a joke and had a dry sense of humour. He and Elma sent me, from time to time, jokes and humorous stories for the Newsletter. He was also a life- long supporter of West Bromwich Albion and was for some years a season ticket holder. Bob loved his holidays, whether in this country or abroad, but I think that one of his favourite places was Las Vegas. He also enjoyed a modest flutter on the football and horses.

We send our deepest sympathies to Elma. Bob will be greatly missed by Crystal.