Tributes paid to popular Robert
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for one of Newquay’s best-loved DJs who passed away unexpectedly last week.
Robert Wescomb, aged 48, was at the forefront of the Newquay dance music scene and many members of the community will have been to his popular events, where he worked tirelessly to make sure people had a good time. A beloved father, brother, uncle, son and partner to Anna, Robert was known by everyone as a creative hard-worker who had time for everyone who needed it. He was a devoted father to 12-year-old Benjamin and a caring family man who always helped his mother and sister.
Robert came to Newquay when he was four years old when his parents moved to the town to run a guest house on Tower Road. As he grew up, Robert developed a passion for music and began buying records. Soon the family home was filled with thousands of records as Robert discovered more and more music and began to experiment with mixing.
He was determined to be a DJ and at 16 he received his first gig from John London – it only furthered his love for music and entertaining people.
Over the years Robert became a well-known face in Newquay clubs and events. He was the resident DJ at the Sailors Arms, he played Walkabout’s opening party and regularly got the crowds dancing in Tall Trees.
As well as playing music, Robert began to put on his own events under his own brand, Virus. Beginning with an event in Walkabout, Virus quickly became known for hosting fantastic parties and events, including taking part in the popular Run to the Sun at Trevelgue.
Nick Hayman worked with Robert at the Sailors Arms during the peak of the dance scene.
He said: “Robert was, without doubt, one of the best DJs of his generation, introducing new and current sounds. He really could do it all, he had amazing mic and mixing skills and could read the crowd perfectly.
“We teamed up in the Sailors pub and made it the busiest venue in town and I personally had some great times working with him during this time.”
Robert put all of his creativity and passion into the project and pulled in huge names to the town, including Boy George, David Guetta, Lisa Lashes and Fedde le Grand.
Bernadette Veitch, Robert’s younger sister, said: “He worked really, really hard on Virus and he was very good at organising parties and getting people to have fun.
“He was a perfectionist and worked hard to create the perfect ambiance for each event. Robert would search the country looking for the right decorations, from Halloween decorations to big hearts.
“He pulled the big names in and they would come back time and time again because of Robert and, although everyone tried to copy his parties, they couldn’t do it because he was just so original. He was one-of-a-kind. He was always such a happy, fun-loving and genuine person. He had time for everyone and everybody who met him loved him.”
Dave Charman, one of Robert’s close friends who was in charge of all lighting, sound and visual aspects of Virus, said: “Robert had a fascination with the dance music scene and all that was involved with it, from DJs to decor, sound, lighting, lasers and visuals.
“He was extremely passionate to create a show that would blow other events out of the water and insisted on using the very best sound, lighting, decor and DJs to do this.”
Robert’s passion went further than just music and he loved nature and being close to the ocean.
Anna Donnelly, Robert’s partner, said: “He loved to travel, he’d been to America, Australia, New Zealand, and more.”
Robert was a very active person and spent a lot of his time in the water long-boarding, swimming or on a jet ski. He would put Benjamin on his shoulders in the big waves and the pair of them would spend the day together having fun.
Anna said: “He was a brilliant dad. Benjamin is disabled but Robert didn’t hold him back from doing anything.
“When the pair of them were together that was it – nobody else stood a chance, they were always laughing.”
Stuart Dee, one of Robert’s friends, also remembers Robert as a caring man who was always laughing. He said: “Robert was my best friend and the brother I never had.
“From the moment I met him in the late 1980s he supported me and looked after me and always made me laugh.
“There was never a week gone by where we did not get in touch. Robert had a big heart and an even bigger laugh and I will treasure the memories until I see him again. My condolences go to everyone close to him at this hard time.”
Robert was loved by all of his friends and family. Ben Abbott said: “Robbie was a one-off and, if he could, he would do anything for you and I can’t count all the times he was there for me when it really mattered.
“I know I speak for all of his friends when I say we won’t be able to fill the gap he has left and all of our thoughts go out to his family at this time.”
Ben McGowan, one of Robert’s DJs, said: “Every person I introduced Rob to instantly loved him. I will never forget the times I spent with him in Newquay, an amazing part of my life – thanks to Rob.
“One of life’s true gentlemen. Legend is an overused word these days but this guy optimised it. My love to his family and friends at this sad time.”
Julia Wescomb, Robert’s mum, said: “Robert was a wonderful son who always looked after me. He loved his niece and nephew and was a lovely family man.
“As a young man, Robert helped so many young lads and they were always encouraged to our home because Robert was looking out for them.
“He is going to be terribly missed and he was very, very much loved by all of his family.”
- 4th November 2015 16:05
- Devastating news of a lovely warm good natured cousin of ours - Robert will be missed greatly by all who knew him. God Bless Sweetheart xxxx
- 5th November 2015 22:32
- Shocked and saddened to hear of Rob´s death. We were at school together and its devastating to know one of ´ours´ is no longer with us. Please pass on my condolences to Rob´s family
- 8th November 2015 10:31
- I can remember Robert playing his Dad´s trombone at one of our Christmas parties and me singing --Hey big spender--. He always made a party. Will be sadly missed. R.I.P.
- 21st November 2015 11:50
- A huge loss to all that had the pleasure of Robbies company. The memories come flooding back - from working together at Sailors in the 90´s, traveling partners to Indo & Aus & providing my perfect wedding after party. A hugely spiritual man....... You will be missed my old friend. Xx Condolences to Anna, Benjamin & all the family.
- 19th March 2017 17:09
- Very sad to read this news a old school freind of mine well remembered times together always remember his raleigh grifter sleep tight Rob x Al.