The Hemel Hempstead founder and president of an international charity has sadly passed away following an 18-month decline in heath.
Dr Bob Parsons OBE, who founded the charity Hope For Children and lived in Warners End, passed away on March 29, aged 88.
Hope For Children was started in 1994 with a £5,000 donation and has helped thousands of disadvantaged children all over the world.
In a statement, Hope For Children said: “Bob was a truly unique human being, a larger-than-life personality whose humour, love and care for humanity will be remembered by all who knew him. He was a man of action who never let an opportunity pass to reel in a volunteer, inspire and coax a donor or validate the best work of the professionals working for the families we support.
“In 1994, instead of retiring, Bob founded Hope for Children to make a safe and fulfilling childhood a reality for more of the world’s overlooked, vulnerable and exploited children living in extreme poverty.
“Over the past 27 years Bob’s tireless work has resulted in the charity supporting hundred’s of thousands of children all around the world. Everyone who met Bob, children included, felt like they were a part of the ‘Hope Family’ due to his welcoming and inclusive nature.
“Bob often spoke about the words his father said to him “In your last moments of life, will you be able to say the world has been a better place for your presence?” This drove Bob to help others and undoubtably the answer was “Yes”.
“We offer his whole family circle our heartfelt condolences at this most difficult time and we will ensure his legacy endures through his beloved charity for years to come, he will be greatly missed.”
Bob’s funeral took place on April 8 at West Herts Crematorium and the wake was held at Warners End Community Centre.