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May232010

Robert Chambers 1964-2010

I was very sorry to hear that Robert Chambers (above) had died suddenly but peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning. He was 46.

I didn't know Rob well (or at all, having read the obituary written by his ex-wife - see below!) but our paths crossed occasionally over the years and I always thought of him as a quiet, calm, self-effacing man who was very well-liked by those who did know him.

Caroline Chambers - they married in 1989 - worked for Forest in the late Eighties but I first met Rob (through mutual friends) a few years before that. In fact, Forest isn't the only group I have in common with the Chambers.

In 1984, following a textbook coup that removed the previous left-leaning regime, I was given the job of running the UK branch of the International Society for Human Rights, a small Frankfurt-based group whose original purpose was to bring together families divided by communism in general and the Berlin Wall in particular.

Mine was a short-term, part-time appointment. The job was subsequently taken on with a great deal more energy and enthusiasm by Robert who eventually moved to Germany where he became secretary-general of the ISHR in Frankfurt.

A few years after their return to Britain, Rob and Caroline moved into the pub industry. In 2005, with Robert's help, Caroline won The Publican's prestigious Marketing Pub of the Year award. According to the paper:

The judges were equally enthusiastic about the imaginative and energetic efforts of Caroline Chambers and her partner Robert at The Kings Head, Hythe ...

The Chambers had developed a "Good Beer, Good Food, Good Times" marketing theme, targeting affluent customers with an offering of quality wine, well kept cask beers and home-made food.

As soon as she had collected her award, Caroline phoned The Kings Head, and Robert immediately cracked open the champagne, and called for drinks all round for staff and customers.

Report HERE.

Friends are paying tribute to Robert on a special website HERE. Condolences to Caroline, his children, and his partner Kate.

Photo courtesy Caroline Chambers

Reader Comments (5)

Lovely tribute to Rob.
We in the blogosphere adored Rob and his death has shaken everyone who knew him and his blog.

He was so very well liked as both a caring and gentle person,but also as a writer with a rapier with that was quite addictive.

Ubermouth

What a success he was to be so beloved by all and missed so tremendously.

Condolences for the loss of your friend.

May 25, 2010 at 2:17 | Unregistered CommenterUbermouth

I thought the world of him, and I'm grateful that the feeling was mutual. I'll miss him heaps.

Thanks for the wonderful post.

May 25, 2010 at 11:48 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Smack

Thank you for this post - the funeral details are
Date: Friday 4th June, 2.45pm
At: Hawkinge Crematorium - Aerodrome Rd, Hawkinge, Folkestone, Kent CT18 7AG

And later for drinks at: The Butt of Sherry in Hythe

The funeral director is Julie Farrier (01303 245500).

It will be an informal, non-religious ceremony. Casual dress, a fond farewell and a celebration of Rob... ALL WELCOME

May 25, 2010 at 17:12 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Chambers

What a shock. My condolences to Caroline. Just today, after googling on Roberts’s name, I found out about his dead.

The world lost a real and strong fighter against the manipulations of the international leftwing network.

I had the opportunity to work with him during the war in the former Yugoslavia and will never forget his outstanding support during this difficult time.

Peter Siebelt

May 26, 2010 at 11:43 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Siebelt

In a non-friendly, cheating, betraying and opportunistic environment Robert has been, not only a colleague, but more so one of the two only friends. From the Netherlands, my heartfelt condolences to all his family and friends.

Peter Maarsen

May 27, 2010 at 4:44 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Maarsen

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