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Robert John King, June 2020


Robert (known as Robin to family and friends) was born in London in 1942 and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Cathedral School in Norwich.

Following his education he worked in sales for a number of companies, including the National Coal Board, but despite his achievements, he harboured a yearning to work abroad.

Soon after his 30th birthday he spotted an advertisement in a London paper for a sales representative at the International Tax Documentation Bureau in Amsterdam and after selection worked as the publication manager for the next 25 years. During his time in the Netherlands, he met Sarah and they married and moved to Luxembourg, a country he enjoyed immensely.

Robin and Sarah had a second home near Mourão in Portugal and they both became actively involved with the Friends of the British Cemetery in 2001; Robin was the Secretary of the Fiscal Board for a number of years. Robin loved Portugal and being a member of the FBC, helping at the November ceremony, and socialising with other members who lived near Elvas.

Robin died unexpectedly, but peacefully, in his sleep at home in Luxembourg on 11th June, 2020. 


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