Search

Obituary: Former Newham Recorder journalist Bob Corfield dies aged 59

12:51 11 August 2014

Former Post and Recorder reporter Bob Corfield, who died last month

Former Post and Recorder reporter Bob Corfield, who died last month

HTFP

Former Newham Recorder journalist Bob Corfield has died aged 59.

He suffered a fatal stroke while restoring a boat on the River Avon which he planned to travel abroad in.

Bob, who began his career as a crime reporter on the Dagenham Post, transferred to the Newham Recorder before moving to Bristol in 1979.

As crime correspondent for the Bristol Evening Post, he covered major incidents including the Hungerford Massacre in 1987.

Born in east London in 1955, Bob was the cycling champion of Essex as a young man and while in Bristol, wrote the motorcycle section of the newspaper, testing bikes.

His main passion, however, was sailing, and he took part in races and competitions as part of the Bristol Avon Sailing Club for many years.

After a brief spell restoring boats, Bob’s career took a change of direction, working in PR.

In 2009, he moved to Australia for a while to work as a sailing instructor.

Bob, who leaves behind two children, died on board the boat he was restoring on Sunday, July 27.

His funeral is taking place on Wednesday at South Bristol Cemetery.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

18:40
UEL student Bruna De Figueiredo will be volunteering at the Rio 2016 Olympics

Four years ago, thousands of volunteers were preparing to help out at the London Olympics – and one University of East London student is about do the same thing in Rio.

University of East London
15:30
Maryland Primary School debate

Homework has long been a point of argument between pupils and teachers, and that didn’t change when Maryland Primary School’s debate team took on a group of staff members to discuss just that.

Maryland
12:30
Plashet School, Plashet Grove, East Ham - Former students get together and speeches
Former students all from the year 1974-1978 Left to right: Diana Dawes, Cheryl Barnett, Jackie Reeves, Lena Nixon, Jean Segree and Juliette Bryan.

It was a day filled with reminiscing and bringing back old memories at Plashet School on Saturday.

Plashet School
09:00
Sabina Banu, who was homeless, now works at Pret A Manger.

Re-entering the workforce can be a positive experience for people who have been long-term unemployed.

Canning Town

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Read more
Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe