A Tribute to Robert White
20 February 2017
It is with extreme sadness we inform you that on Friday 17th February we lost our dear friend and colleague Rob, affectionately known as ‘Big Rob’.
Joining the National Cat Adoption Centre as a cat care assistant 7 years ago, he joined a large team of almost exclusively women and Rob became an honorary hen in no time at all.
His stories of his time in Brazil before his move to the UK were always amusing.
He would often change lyrics to our radio songs which would make us all laugh. Rob was a hardworking and dedicated member of staff from day one.
He was a huge team player, who threw himself into his work.
He’d help set up for event days in his own time and got stuck in with fundraising projects, shaving all of his hair off to raise money for charity when a colleague was suffering from cancer.
His calm, gentle and patient approach worked perfectly with the cats and made them feel safe in his company. One of his favourite cats who came to the centre was Dimitri; they had a wonderful bond with each other and it was lovely to see Rob working his magic.
A legacy Rob leaves behind is the enrichment garden which he took great pride in setting up. It provides stimulation and enrichment for the cats in our care and was filled with plants which attracted wildlife for them to look at and grew catnip for them to enjoy. The team will continue to tend to and grow the garden in memory of him.
Rob’s ultimate passion was his amazing family and his 4 cats and Pat the dog, who were at the centre of his world. We are thinking of them at this really sad time and sending them all of our love.
Rob was a true gentleman; a caring, kind person with a beautiful soul, a huge heart and a great sense of humour. He was a truly wonderful human being who will be hugely missed by every single member of the cattery.