It is with great sadness that Napier City Rovers announce the passing of Bob Chapman, who died peacefully at Cranford Hospice surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday.
Bob moved to New Zealand from his home town of Belfast in the 1970's and has been a staunch supporter and much loved club member of Napier City Rovers for more than 40 years.
Two of his great loves were his family and his football. He was the much adored husband of the late Maureen, loving Dad to son Merv and daughter Sandy, cherished grandfather of Brooke and Luke, and great-grandfather to little Cruz, who he affectionately called 'wee man.'
His daughter Sandy says Bob loved Rovers, and as well as days spent on the stand cheering on the Blues, he enjoyed nothing better than the Sunday afternoons with his friends in the club rooms drinking the 'water of life' and sharing laughs and tales.
"Dad loved the club and had so many stories to tell. He has been a member since our family arrived in New Zealand in 1974."
"His passion for the 'beautiful game' was evident, and his love for his mates at Sunday school gave him such pleasure. He loved all the occasions when the whisky bottle was placed on the table for birthdays, new babies, any excuse really!
"Dad will be sorely missed by many and there will be a huge gap in our small, but close, little family.
"To know him was to love him. And that's not a phrase, it's just the truth."
Bob's funeral service will be held at
St Columba's Presbyterian Church, Gloucester Street, Taradale,
Saturday, February 2nd, 10.30am.
You can share a memory of Bob, or write a message of condolence for the family below.
The Napier City Rovers Football Academy continues its quest to develop the next generation of bay players as it is launches into its third year, with the first session of 2019 kicking-off next week.
The popular academy, led by Bill Robertson, winning Central League coach and National League player, is growing in numbers, attracting players from all around Hawke's Bay.
Open to any player aged 6-15 years, not just Rovers members, the academy is designed to develop young footballers to their fullest potential through engaging, fun sessions, and high-quality coaching.
Players are grouped depending on their stage of development and ability, with pathways for both developing and elite players.