Bob Burrows

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JOHN (Bob) Burrows, who has died aged 68, a day before his 69th birthday, was director of a family run firm which evolved over the years into three separate businesses: Shackletons, known for the high seat chairs of that name; Burkraft, weavers of tartan travel rugs, and J.R.Burrows Ltd, property management.

The elder of two boys, Mr Burrows, known to all as Bob, was brought up in Dewsbury, and from his primary school in Hanging Heaton, he went to Silcoates School, Wakefield. He then studied to become a charted accountant, taking up the role of company secretary at the family business of JR Burrows Ltd, working alongside his grandfather, father and brother Tim in Batley, West Yorkshire.

By 2002, with the demise of the textile industry, Burkraft ceased manufacture. Shackletons was sold out to a management buyout and the property was sold to a Leeds property company.

Mr Burrows met his first wife Dee through her brother and they had one son, Joe.

He met his second wife, Ann, a hairdresser, whose mother owned the salon that his own mother used.

They were married in 1975, and Ann gave birth to Daniel, his second son, a year later.

Mr Burrows thoroughly enjoyed his years at Silcoates, and after leaving became involved in the Old Boys’ Association. He was also an active member of Ossett Rotary and Thornhill Probus Club.

A keen sportsman, while at Baildon RUFC he played rugby union for Yorkshire at Colts level.

An ardent supporter and match sponsor for Dewsbury Rams, he also enjoyed cricket and was a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, as well as being a member of Yorkshire RU.

His preferred method of watching cricket on television was to have the sound turned off so he could listen to the radio commentary instead.

A man of simple tastes, he drove a VW pickup for many years, always had a story to tell, and liked nothing better than a pint of Tetleys with his friends, of whom there were many. No gathering seemed complete in his absence, and his breadth of interests enlivened his conversation, no matter to whom he was talking.

He cheerfully referred to the three “Bs” which he enjoyed in life: backy, beer and books.

Mr Burrows is survived by his wife Ann, his brother Tim, his sons Joe and Daniel, and his grandchildren Daisy, Ellie, Lucas and Eddie.

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