A private funeral ceremony has been held for Bob Edney, one of the Isle of Wight Council’s longest-serving officers.
Coming from an Island family Bob, from Wootton, started work for the Isle of Wight County Council in 1980. He worked in the countryside service for over 39 years until his death in March this year.
Almost everyone on the Island will have benefited from Bob’s work. He had many job titles over the years but all of them involved caring for the council’s range of country parks, nature reserves and green spaces. He had a longstanding involvement with and commitment to the Wight Nature Fund, a local charity that manages several small reserves around the Island.
Although he worked across the whole Island, Bob was most strongly associated with Fort Victoria Country Park where he began working in 1982 as Fort Victoria Ranger. He continued to manage the country park throughout most of his career.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Heritage, Councillor John Hobart, said: “Within the council, Bob was a well-liked and much-respected officer.
“He was an intensely private man, but the one aspect of his life he was always willing to share was his knowledge and understanding of the countryside. When somebody has done an important job so well, for so long, it is sometimes hard to understand what we have until we lose it.
“We, his friends and colleagues, along with so many others on the Island, will miss Bob: his diligence, his skill and knowledge, his quiet patience, and above all his rich and genuine love for the countryside of the Isle of Wight.”