Bob, proudly wearing his St Mungo Singers tie

“How blest are those who have died in the Lord – let them rest from their labours
for their good works go with them”.

On 24 October, members of the St Mungo Singers joined the family and friends of retired member Bob Hill, who died on 16 October, at St Matthew’s Bishopbriggs for his funeral Mass. Bob was an active member of the bass section of the choir into his eighties, taking part in services and joining in choir pilgrimages. His son, Canon Bob Hill, was the principal celebrant at the Mass which was also attended by Archbishop Tartaglia.

In his homily, Canon Hill recalled how his father had trained as an engineer.  He had run night classes after work, and then decided to go into full time teaching as a technical teacher. He was always one who was never satisfied with leaving things as they were, always looking to improve them and move them on. One prime example had been his beloved Morris Minor which he had in effect rebuilt to the extent that there was nothing left of the original car.

Even after retiring he was constantly trying new things, including scuba diving in his 70s. In the choir he will be remembered as enthusiastically going round on the pilgrimages and outings with his camera or videocamera at the ready. Referring to the Gospel reading for the Mass (Matthew 11:25-30) Canon Hill said it was so applicable to his father who at the end slipped quietly away from this life to the rest promised by the Lord.