Born: 1944 ; Died: June 17, 2012.
Robert Abraham, who has died aged 68, was, as Mr Abie, a popular Scottish comedian and radio presenter whose later life was blighted by illness, misfortune and tragedy.
As a DJ on Radio Clyde during the 1980s, he was a listeners' favourite with a huge cult following for his Saturday afternoon show which was transmitted immediately before the station's Super Scoreboard. At the height of his popularity he also released a number of records, including the Scotland World Cup single We're The Scottish Supporters.
However, both his broadcasting and showbiz careers came to a premature end when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1996. The illness meant he had to cancel a series of lucrative cabaret dates and after-dinner speaking engagements, at one stage relying instead on benefits to make ends meet.
Mr Abie, who was born Robert Abraham in East Kilbride, was married three times – twice to the same woman. He had a son, Darren, with his first wife Avril. It was while visiting Darren at his home in Ireland that the entertainer, who had been in failing health, suffered a bad fall. His condition deteriorated, leading to his death.
After his divorce from Avril, he married Jennifer, a former Tennent's Lager model and beauty therapist. The couple started up their own business, a clothing shop called Cotton Jenny's. However, their marriage broke down.
They had two sons, Christopher and Robert. Both boys are currently each serving a 10-year prison sentence for the culpable homicide of 65-year-old David Linning, their mother's former lover.
Jennifer had left her husband and moved in with Mr Linning after they had met through Alcoholic's Anonymous. However, in December, 2009, the retired gardener told her to leave because he could not cope with her heavy drinking.
When she returned the following day to collect her possessions she tripped and fell as she got out of a friend's car, injuring her face. She then sent a text to her ex-husband informing him that she had a sore face. Her sons interpreted the message as meaning that Mr Linning had assaulted her. In June, 2010, the brothers appeared in court and admitted killing Mr Linning at his home in East Kilbride.
Then, just eight months after the attack, Mr Abie announced that he and Jennifer were to re-marry with a wedding service at East Mains Baptist Church in East Kilbride.
In December of the same year at the Court of Session the couple were barred from holding company directorships. He was banned for operating as a director of his home-help company, Quality Care (Scotland), while bankrupt and failing to pay £62,980 in taxes to HMRC. Mrs Abraham was banned for three years.
The court heard that during the two years' run-up to the company's liquidation Mr Abraham had not kept the firm's taxes up to date. This was despite paying himself £159,448 in wages between April, 2006, and July, 2008, and paying his staff a further £364,024. Mrs Abraham received £3950 over the same period.
Robert Abraham is survived by his wife and his three sons.
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