Notlocal - AKA Bob Craven

It is with sadness that I pass on this message that was posted on Bob's Facebook wall.

"This is a message for everyone that knew and loved Bob. It is with immense sadness that we have to inform you that Bob passed away in the early hours of Sunday 10th May. We are all absolutely gutted and it has come as a huge shock.

As some of you may already know, Bob underwent surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary on Friday with the aim of increasing his lung function. Although his surgery was initially successful, he developed complications from which he was unable to recover.

We appreciate that, although Bob had been ill for some time, this news will nonetheless come as a shock to you all too.

There will be a wake in Bristol in the coming weeks and we will announce the date and time as soon they have been arranged.

Please feel free to spread this news, as Bob knew a lot of people, some of whom may not be on Facebook.

If there is anything that anyone would like to write on here or say at the wake then we would be very pleased to hear from you.

We can also be reached by email at the following addresses:, and Nick"

Bob and I both had valve implants, mine very successful, unfortunately, Bob's not so. As a result, Bob was put forward for Lung Volume Reduction Surgery, which was performed last week, on Friday morning.

R.I.P. Bob.


31 Replies

  • How very very sad. My deepest condolences to his family and friends xxx

  • I am so sorry to hear this news. Bob was very supportive through my own valve implant journey (ongoing). Rest in peace you lovely man. xx

  • thoughts and prayers go out to the family as such a sad time this man fought a brave fight right to the end. Rest in peace Bob your earthly labours are now over.

  • I am so very sorry to hear this sad news of Bob's passing. My sincere condolences to Bob's family and friends. A sad loss to our BLF family. RIP Bob.

    Thank you johnwr.


  • Thank you johnwr.

    I just came here to impart this very sad news about Bob. He helped so many of us and will be sadly missed.

    Godspeed Bob. You were a good man with a wicked sense of humour who did his best for everyone.

  • That is a shock John. Bob was so bright and lively and I loved his wry sense of humour. We all had such high hopes for him last week.

    How awful for his family.

    Most sincere condolences to them and all his friends.

    He will be sadly missed.

    Thank you for letting us know.


  • Loving thoughts to all Bobs family. A lovely friend to all His wit and humour will be sadly missed RIP xx

  • All ways so sad to read of the lose of a good person , at least no more pain, rest in peace Bob. xx

  • Oh thats a shock and so very sad to hear x

  • Thinking of all who loved Bob, Sleep tight . Such sad news.

  • My deepest condolences to Bob's family and friends. Such a shock! RIP Bob.

  • God bless Bob, u will sadly missed by all. Xx sonia xx

  • Oh so sad. One of the regulars and I am truly shocked. He seemed to be doing ok.

    My condolences to his family.

  • So sad to hear this...

  • RIP Bob, condolences to his family so sad.

  • Oh so so sad. Such an inspirational man here, helping and encouraging others. R.I.P. Bob. Sympathy and condolences to family and friends. xxx

  • rip bob from sue in new zealand

  • I am really so sorry because we all had such high hopes that this would improve his quality of life. I do hope that knowing the thoughts of all of his friends are with you will help you through thishorrible time.

  • This is such a shock and my heart goes out to his family. So sad, and like others had a brief word on his last jokey post. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends. RIP Bob.

    hugs from Huggs xxx

  • So sorry to hear of his passing.

  • How sad, sending prayers to his family. xxx


  • RIP Bob

  • RIP Bob ... my sincere condolences to family and friends. June xx

  • So very sorry to hear of Bob's passing.

    He will be missed by many. My condolences to his loved ones.

    RIP Bob.


  • R I P

  • RIP, Bob


  • So sorry to hear Bob has passed away my thoughts are with the family xx

  • So sorry to hear that - very, very sad when we were all hoping he would have a better quality of life after the operation. Condolences to his nearest and dearest. May he rest in peace. x

  • Very sad news I had just got t o know Bob ,

  • Sad, shocked, numb ......

    We chatted on Facebook over the weekend, both before & after his operation. Last message from him Sat evening was cheeful, positive, very jokey & jovial .... the op had gone well etc. I heard nothing on Sunday, but thought nothing of it ..... then this.

    Poor old Bob. A bit of a hole in my life now ..... we got on well, we shared parallel COPD conditions & treatment journeys. I shall miss him a lot.

    RIP mate, sleep tight ......

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