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Tributes paid to a stalwart with a real zest for life

By Westerham Chronicle  |  Posted: May 31, 2012

GOOd LIFE: Bob 'Fergy' Fawcett always had a point of view

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Westerham community stalwart by family and friends.

Born on July 23 1939 in Gillingham, Bob 'Fergy' Fawcett died from a rare form of blood and bone marrow cancer after a long battle on May 18 aged 72.

He had his daughter Zoe by his side, who said "he was comfortable and passed peacefully".

His partner Lizzie Bradbury said she missed Mr Fawcett greatly but that he had lived a good life.

She said: "He was one of those people you hope to sit next to at dinner – handsome, clever, well-dressed, always with a point of view and so widely informed."

Mr Fawcett graduated from Gillingham Grammar School in 1957 and went to work for Ford as a trainee accountant.

It was not until the 1960s that he set up the company CMG with two friends, which became a corporate giant listed on the FTSE 100.

Ms Bradbury said: "By the 1960s, he and three friends formed the groundbreaking company CMG.

"It fairly exploded on the scene as there was an enormous and instant demand for computer programmes.

"The heady days of success had arrived and he and his friends built CMG into a multi-million-pound business.

"All his friends remember his absolute zest for life.

"With his love of history, science-fiction, music, Formula 1, sailing, and not least, his grandson Jyoti."

Mr Fawcett lived close to the Long Pond with his wife Penny and two children Zoe and Rupert and was instrumental in its renovation as well as his role as membership secretary to the Westerham Society.

Jacs Taylor-Smith, secretary of the Westerham Society, said: "Bob had been gravely ill for some time and he battled this long illness with calm and determination.

"Bob was extremely generous in the time, expertise and energy he contributed to his role with the Westerham Society.

"As well as his membership responsibilities, he moved the society into the 21st Century when he established the Westerham Society website several years ago.

"Those of us who have worked with him on the committee and many beyond, are tremendously grateful for his dedicated and patient work over many years."

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