A service was held for Rob Evans, Labour Party member and District Councillor for West Oxfordshire, in St Mary’s Church, Chipping Norton on Thursday 12 September 2013, following a private cremation at Banbury Crematorium.
About 150 people attended which is a measure of just how much he was loved and appreciated. People gathered afterwards in the Chequers and there was a display of photographs in the Theatre next door.
Rob was brought up in Bala in North Wales, the son of a baker. He was an only child. Rob’s first language was Welsh but he attended boarding school in England (Oswestry School – England)
He taught history at Chipping Norton School and then at North Oxford College of Further Education and, after retiring in 2002 he worked as a tutor for the Open University and as an exam marker.
Rob joined the Labour Party in 1977 as a result of what he described as “a passionate belief in social justice”. He was active in all local, national and European campaigns from 1977 until his death. He was also heavily involved in the Co-operative movement and the Labour Land Campaign. In August just before he died, he was awarded the Labour Party Merit Award “in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding service to the Labour Party”.
Robert Llewelyn Evans
22 July 1949 – 1 September 2013