Robert B Atkinson

St Peter's School

Robert B Atkinson

Temple 1949 – 1953

Died 20 December 2014, aged 79

My brother, Robert Burrow Atkinson died peacefully in York Hospital at 11.00am on Saturday 20 December, aged 79.

An outstanding long-distance runner with a Roger Bannister action, he won many school trophies, but it was as an exceptionally gifted classical pianist that he will be most remembered.

After National Service in the RAF, & several years with the Midland Bank, he became landlord of The Black Swan in Peasholm Green, all the while playing the piano with dance bands & at many light operatic events. He excelled as an accompanist, his seemingly bluff manner hiding a very good sense of humour.

Besides listening to his classical music, which would at times move him to tears, he enjoyed reading, with Dickens a special favourite, and was a very skilled model-maker, taking infinite pains to replicate the details of each ship.

He faced his last few years with admirable stoicism, in the loving care of his wife Anne. Our prayers and thoughts are with her, and their four children Guy, Louise, Rachel and George.

Dick Atkinson (Queen’s 1958 – 1962)