last update 06 November  2015  


Bob Spilsted

As most members will know by now, Bob Spilsted is sadly no longer with us. He died during the night of 29/30 October after a long period of ill health, although he was alert and cheerful throughout this time.

Bob was the long time editor of the magazine (which he consistently refused to describe as journal) and the answerer of genealogical questions at monthly meetings and events. He was also concerned with genealogical projects, including the setting up of the massive recording of all the births, marriages and deaths reported in the local press. This last project, now largely available online on Find my Past, has proved a good source of finance for the society. He also extended his support of others’ researches by running a course on genealogical research. It speaks volumes that in this respect we found him to be literally irreplaceable.

Bob was born in Eastbourne in 1938 and went to school here. He left Eastbourne Grammar School in the early 1950s to join the Army for a short engagement and was sent to fight in the Korean War. Later he married Nina in Eastbourne in 1964 after which his work took him to Scotland. When he retired, they returned to Eastbourne and that is when he became a member of Family Roots. He joined the Committee fairly soon after and served on it for some twelve years until his deteriorating health forced him to resign in 2013.

Among his qualities was a sense of humour and he often swapped jokes on the Internet. So, dying just before Halloween I think would have struck him as quite amusing.

Personally I shall miss him greatly and I know that the whole Committee – past and present – as well as the membership of the society will join in sending condolences to Nina and the rest of his family

John Crane,




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