Knowsley & Prescot Councillor Bob Whiley Dies at 66

By on Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CllrBobWhiley(Press release: Knowsley Council)

Knowsley Councillor Bob Whiley has sadly died at the age of 66.

Councillor Whiley was elected as a Ward Member for Prescot West in the May 2011 elections. He also served for a number of years on Knowsley Town Council.

Councillor Whiley sat on a variety of council committees, including Licensing and Human Resources Appeals.

He was also a member of working groups looking at key issues affecting the borough, including volunteering and a review of secondary education and the transition of young people into employment.

The Leader of Knowsley Council, Councillor Ron Round, said: “It is so sad that Bob has passed away and our thoughts and heartfelt condolences are with his family.

“Bob made a great contribution to the borough in his role as both Borough and Town Councillor. He played a really important role representing his community and as a valued member of some key working groups.

“He will be sadly missed by all of us, both as an excellent councillor and as a friend to many.”

Councillor Whiley is survived by his wife Linda and their children.

The funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Thursday 21 February at Anfield Crematorium.


  1. Jennifer Chadwick

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I worked with Bob for many years. He will be sorely missed. We always sent each other birthday greeting as we were born on the same day. Always will remember you Bob XX

  2. Dave63256

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    We should also remember the late Derek McEgan who passed away on the 9th of January 2013. Derek helped me and my family during the 1980’s through the then Prescot and Whiston Trade Union and Unemployed Resource Centre that operated out of little more then a shed around the back of the old Town Hall, when Thatcherism was in its heyday of inflicting its vile self on the less well off in society.

    We should also remember too, the late George Hayward who passed away on the 3rd of January 2013. George had retired from Town Council a while back and what a sad day that was for Prescotians. While George may not have been a physically big man, he was a colossus when it came to championing causes and standing up for the people.

    The Labour Party shoved one of its newsletters through my letterbox the other night announcing the loss of George (as well as Derek) with a closing line that read….

    “George will be missed by the Prescot Labour Party.”

    George will be missed by more then just the Labour Party. He will be missed by his family and all of the people he helped during his time on Prescot Council. He will also be missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to have known George as a friend.

    Rest In Peace Guys.

  3. Geoff Allen

    Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Both Gillian and myself we so very sorry to learn the news about Bob. I was a Tory Councillor on Knowsley Parish Council, which is how I came to know him and Linda. This was a man who cared about other people, he adored his wife and children, and I feel very, very privileged to have known him, and regarded him as a friend. I was delighted when I learnt he had been elected as a Borough Councillor. Of course, I think his political beliefs were wrong, but who the hell cares, like most people who seek elected office as councillors, they don’t have all the answers, but at leat they know the questions, and they give a sh*t. I will continue to miss him.

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