His Grand daughter Pauline write in 2011:
My grandfather, Robert Edwin Jr, could be a difficult and taciturn man but usually kindly towards us grandchildren. He was passionate about gardening and especially loved growing chrysanthemums and carnations. In the large garden (at 359, Grangemouth Road, Coventry) there was a special section, divided off by trellis, and here he kept his rarer plants and a loganberry bush we were not allowed to touch. In fact we were not allowed in this part of the garden without the adults! Especially during the 1950s and 1960s, while the Coventry North cousins were growing up, our sociable and fun-loving grandma, Elizabeth Mary, would organise large family parties and a "drag act" was often a feature! This usually consisted of my father, Philip Gordon, my Uncle Leslie Douglas and my Uncle Bill Oughton (husband of Dorothy North) dressed up in Grandma's clothes! It was much enjoyed by all. We also played cards at Grandma's parties and, as children, always looked forward to the "Big Cracker" at Christmas!. An enormous cracker would be suspended from the ceiling in the front room (where we were never allowed during the rest of the year!) and it was Grandad's job to lower it and distribute the presents. Happy times!