This week members of Pride in Brixham have been remembering a special friend and local resident Bob Taylor, who passed away recently.
When Pride in Brixham created their garden just along the Marina Walk Way, they built on to the back wall of Grenville House a framework to suggest a fisherman’s cottage and it was through a chance encounter for Bob Taylor with a local artist, that Bob’s portrait came to be painted as a caricature looking out of the doorframe of this cottage.
Soon after the caricature became a permanent mural within the completed fisherman’s style garden, it became affectionately known as ‘Grenville’. Even so it didn’t take long for the members of Pride in Brixham to recognize the caricature of the fisherman was none other than the quiet gentleman who walked past them, whilst they were working around the harbour. Although at first Bob dismissed that it was him when they met, he did grin at them knowingly and then went on to take great interest in the group and their work on his walks around the waterfront.
Mary Thompson a member of Pride in Brixham said, “We were originally looking for a picture of an authentic fisherman to be painted sitting in the cottage doorway that we created. However Nick came up with the caricature of a man that he felt looked like a fisherman, with a cap and pipe, painted from a photo he had taken of Bob. Everyone loved the caricature and now many visitors, especially children stop to have pictures taken with it! Bob was a lovely friendly character, who we will miss as we work around the harbour.”
For other’s wishing to remember Bob, Bob’s family has arranged a Memorial Service for him at St Mary’s Church in Brixham on Tuesday 8th March at 2.30pm.