I found out today that Bob Searchfield had died.
He was a South Londoner and a great campaigner for social justice. Even though very ill, he was at the 2013 demonstration to save Lewisham Hospital’s A&E department. Both of my children were born in Lewisham Hospital, and have tested out the excellent A&E facilities.
He met his wife, Shiela, at a church disco in Bromley in 1957. Since reading this, every time I pass a local church I wonder if it’s the one. As well as working full-time and having their own children, they shared their home with young people leaving council care. They also sheltered Chilean refugees.
Bob was the real thing. He walked the walk.
This is from the Bromley News Shopper, a free newspaper which comes through my door each week:
ROBERT (BOB) SEARCHFIELD Sadly died on April 4th after a long illness. Funeral on Wednesday April 30th 12.15pm at Hither Green Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations to Macmillan Cancer Support c/o Co-operative Funeral Care, Downham Way, BR1 5HR