In memoriam Bob Jones
By now, many of our members will have heard about the unexpected death of Bob Jones, who was the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands.
John Gordon, Chair of Digbeth Residents Association, and colleague of Bob, had this to say:
I found out about Bob’s passing while on my way to a funeral. Again, we are reminded of the fragility of those things we view as being truly reliable.
When Bob came over for tea with Digbeth Residents Association in 2012, I recognised an honesty of purpose, that when combined with compassion and experience, amounted to someone who I knew would make a difference to the lives of others who needed someone on their side.
It is odd to think that Bob, Yvonne Mosquito and myself were talking together just before his untimely death. I really liked him as a person, as a politician and as a believer in, and practitioner of, public service. He was one of the good ones and there aren’t that many.
I’m sure that many will feel his loss.
Bob was a supporter of Digbeth Residents Association, both before his election and during his service at PCC. He invited DRA to Lloyd House to exhibit at the PCC Open Day, as an example of good practice of the community working together with the police to tackle local problems.
Clearly, our condolences are with Bob’s family at this time.
There will be a public question time of new candidates for the Police and Crime Commissioner role on Friday 15 August at the Drum. Please see further details below:
When: Friday 15 August 2014, 18:00-21:00
Where: The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU
All candidates for PCC will be present and available for questioning at this public event:
- David Jamieson (Labour)
- Les Jones (Conservatives)
- Ayoub Khan (Liberal Democrats)
- Keith Rowe (UKIP)