Farewell to ex-Clitheroe headteacher who will be fondly remembered for his 'lively leadership'
A service of thanksgiving was held last Thursday for the late Robert Owen “Bob” Jones, headteacher of Clitheroe Pendle Primary School from 1964 to 1984.
A local historian and active member of St Mary's Magdalene Church and The Civic Society, Mr Jones, a Yorkshireman who passionately adopted Clitheroe as his “home town”, lived there
from 1964 to 2014 where he fulfilled his mission as a natural teacher, curious researcher and engaging public speaker.
Born in Leeds, serving briefly in the Navy and working as a teacher first in Lincolnshire where he met his wife, Ruth, Mr Jones came to Clitheroe to take on the role of headteacher at Pendle School, where he stayed for 20 years.
Publisher of a variety of local history booklets, he shared his enthusiasm for Clitheroe Castle, local landmarks, and unusual or forgotten aspects of the town and its surroundings, with many local audiences.
A common sight in Brungerley Park on his frequent walks, he once rescued a former pupil and her dog from the River Ribble there.
Pre-deceased by his wife, Frances Ruth, Mr Jones is survived by his three daughters and seven grandchildren and by hundreds of former Pendle Primary schoolchildren and staff who remember his lively leadership.