Family tribute to gentle man

Bob Henderson
Bob Henderson

Bob Henderson, butcher, slaughterman, ballroom dancer, and parachutist - there’s no denying it was an interesting life well lived.

Robert was the third of seven children.

He was an enthusiastic ballroom dancer and it was here that he met his wife to be, Elizabeth MacKenzie from Winchburgh.

The winning couple married on May 11, 1940 in Winchburgh.

Bob enlisted in 1940 and was posted to the 5th Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. The unit saw action after being shipped to France with the 2nd British Expeditionary Force.

Following the evacuation of Dunkirk he retrained as a parachutist where he was posted to North Africa in January 1943.

In February of that year Bob was seriously wounded and was taken to hospital in Algiers. The Hospital was then bombed and he woke up amongst the dead in the morgue.

Following his discharge, Bob and Betty lived in Grangepans. They had already started their family with the birth of Robert in 1942 followed by Kenny, Janette, Jim, Rachel and Andrew.

Bob had taken over the slaughtering contract at Linlithgow abattoir by 1947, where he remained until retirement in 1980.

An active member of the Rotary Club of Linlithgow and Bo’ness and Linlithgow and Bo’ness Curling Club, cars were a great passion as was food. Remembered as a kind and gentle father, he was Granda’ to 14 grandchildren and Great Grandpa to 16 great grandchildren.

Bob spent his final years in St Michael’s Hospital, passing away peacefully on August 5 2014.