Robert ‘Bob’ Escudier (1943 – 2018) was born on 30 October in Battersea, the third of five children. His career was in the sale of curtains and blinds at TE Smith Blinds and Curtains before eventually setting up his own successful business, R&G Blinds, with his brother George. After the sale of R&G Blinds in the 1980s, Bob later founded a building company. He married first wife Val and they had three children, Kim, Ian, and Brian, before later divorcing. He married second wife Jan in 1998.