ROBERT John Read, known to all as Bob, was born to Phyllis and Albert Read in the Gower in South Wales on November 16, 1931.
He was a brother to Peter, who at eight years his senior was a role model he always looked up to. They had a strong brotherly bond, despite Peter moving to Oslo when he married.
The boys grew up in Kenton and upon leaving school, Bob trained as a horologist and gem specialist.
He was fortunate to secure his first job in Hatton Garden, the centre of the UK’s jewellery trade, where his love of clocks, watches and fine jewellery grew.
Another of his passions was dancing and it was at a local dance where he met Di Crooks. After a five-year courtship, he and Di were married in September 1956 and they went on to enjoy 55 fun-filled years together.