Death of a great Gibraltarian

The death of Bob Peliza, as he liked to be called, is an occasion of sadness. He was a great Gibraltarian.

Born in November 1920 , he combined a military career with politics. His aim was always to defend Gibraltar.

When the second world war broke out in 1939 he volunteered to the Gibraltar Defence Force, the forerunner of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment, and was called up in September that year. He was to rise to the rank of Major.

As the war came to a close in 1945, he became a City Councillor to 1948. Later, from 1969 to 1972 he was Chief Minister, with the Integration With Britain Party which he led. He was also leader of the Opposition and Speaker of the House of Assembly. He was a worthy rcipient of a Knighthood.
Our condolences to his wife and other members of his family. May he rest in peace.

Defender of Gibraltar and the link with Britain

The Government was saddened to learn of the death earlier yesterday of Sir Robert Peliza.

They said: "Bob to his many friends, he was the only person to have held the offices of Chief Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Speaker.

"Throughout his involvement in active politics, Bob was a passionate advocate for maintaining and strengthening the link between Gibraltar and United Kingdom.
"He was instrumental in securing the Preamble to the 1969 Constitution through his involvement in the Integration with Britain Movement, which later became the Integration with Britain Party.
"Bob was also at the forefront of the campaign to secure full British Citizenship for the people of Gibraltar in 1981 against the wishes of the then British Government. The lobbying campaign conducted by Bob and others, at the time, convinced the UK Government to change their policy and grant full British Citizenship to those Gibraltarians who applied."

Chief Minister Fabian Picardo said:
“Bob was a friend and a great defender of Gibraltar and its people. He was also a family man and I know that he will be sorely missed. I would like to express my most sincere condolences to his wife Irma and his family”.

A charming person, a great politician

The PDP says it is saddened to hear of the passing away of Sir Bob Peliza.
PDP Leader, Keith Azopardi, said: “Sir Bob was Chief Minister between 1969-72. He gave many years to public service and was one of the key players at the time of the constitutional conference that led to the milestone that was the 1969 Constitution. That constitution and the preamble on sovereignty were key achievements of the main politicians of the era and it is important to remember Sir Bob’s role in that which greatly advanced Gibraltar on the road to self-government. We are reaping those benefits today.

“While we never coincided in politics I had many chats with Sir Bob over the years and always found him an incisive analyst and willing to provide generous advice on any subject during my time in Government. Gibraltar has lost one if its great politicians and a charming person. He will be remembered fondly by many. Our sincere condolences go to his family.”