Bobby Davro's father has died

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 January 2021
Bobby Davro and his father Bill Nankeville (c) Twi

Bobby Davro and his father Bill Nankeville (c) Twitter

Bobby Davro's father, Bill Nankeville, has died aged 95

Bobby Davro's father has died.

The 62-year-old actor and comedian has taken to social media to pay tribute to his "best friend and hero" Bill Nankeville, who passed away on Friday (08.01.21) at the age of 95.

Sharing a picture of him and his father, he wrote on Twitter: "Today I lost my best friend and my hero.The most wonderful human being I have ever known. I'm so proud of him. He was GB mile champion and represented his country in two Olympic games but to me he was just "Dad".

"I will miss him so very much and I will love him forever ... Whenever I was with him and he was introduced to anyone as, 'This is Bill Nankeville he's Bobby Davro's father'. I was always proud to say 'No ... I'm Bobby Davro and I'm Bill Nankeville's son!' Sleep well dad. I love you to the moon and back x (sic)"

And social media was flooded with tributes for Bill, who was a national champion mile runner.

Piers Morgan wrote: "So sorry mate. Your dad sounds an incredible man. RIP."

To which Bobby replied: "He was indeed Piers and thank you for your lovely message x (sic)"

James Whale shared: "So sorry to hear that my friend I’m thinking of you XX (sic)"

And his fans also paid tribute to the late athlete.

One wrote: "So sad for your loss, Bill was a great man in so many ways who was so proud of you – still remember him crying when you sat on the stage and sang ‘wind beneath my wings’ to him (sic)"

Whilst another added: "So sad to hear that Bill has passed away I knew him for over 30 years as

@BobbyDavro1 would bring him to games both at White Hart Lane and Wembley inc the ‘91 FA Cup Final. He was so proud of Bobby. He was also an athlete in the ‘50’s who ran with Roger Bannister. (sic)"

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1. Thomas Cadden9 Jan 2021, 3:37pm Report

RIP Bill it was a pleasure to have known you God be with you Bill

2. Anne Roberts-Hunt9 Jan 2021, 4:37pm Report

My condolences go to Bill Nankerville’s family following his death yesterday - son Bobby Davro (the comedian) and the other son DAVID and Bill’s daughter. Bill was my neighbour over 10 years ago and when his wife Janet died he moved but we kept in touch. We socialised with him when he joined our WOW group (widows, orphans and widowers) and then we kept in touch by phone. I had the pleasure of being a guest at his 90th birthday celebrations. A lovely man who loved life and was fun. RIP Bill 😢

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