Second World War RAF hero Bob dies

Mr Savage being given his Pride of Nelson Award

Mr Savage being given his Pride of Nelson Award

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A Second World War RAF legend, who has been given two top honours in Nelson, has died shortly before his 94th birthday.

Robert Savage, known as Bob, from Swinden Hall Road, Nelson, was given a Nelson Town Council 2011 “Pride of Nelson” honour. It was the council’s Chairman’s Award for his outstanding achievement.

Two years later he was awarded the Freedom of Nelson by the Town Council and honoured by the Royal British Legion – in both cases because of his military service in the war.

Mr Savage (93) died last week. He would have been 94 on March 25th.

After attending school at Edge End, his career roles included being a baker, working for Nelson Corporation on improving roads and as a coffin maker.

In the war, he served with the RAF and was stationed in Canada for some time. On his return home, he became involved in the Royal British Legion.

He and his wife Edith, who died 10 years ago, had four children – Maureen, Raymond, Barbara and Michael. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mr Savage had served on the customer panel for Housing Pendle and had lived with his wife in South Africa for 10 years after he retired.

His funeral will take place on Monday. There is a service at St John’s Church in Barkerhouse Road, Nelson, at 10-30am, and he will be buried at Barrowford Cemetery at 11-15am.

People can made donations in honour of his memory to the Royal British Legion or Blind Veterans UK.

Mr Savage’s granddaughter Michelle said: “We are all very saddened to lose him - he was a great dad and a great grandad.”