We learned this week that Andy Robin, best known as the adopted father of ‘Hercules the Bear’, died this week , aged 84.
The wife of Perthshire Commonwealth wrestling champion, Andy Robin said she feels like her “heart has been ripped out” following the death of her husband. Maggie Robin paid tribute to the gentle giant she raised the 9ft grizzly with for 25 years, through their 40 year marriage.
Andy and Maggie met 46 years ago and Andy already had nine-month-old Hercules the bear in tow.
Many people have fond memories of seeing Andy and Hercules wrestle at the Blantyre Highland Games during the late 1980’s [pictured courtesy Blantyre Project]. Looking back now, we’re sure health and safety would have something to say about a Grizzly Bear being a couple of feet away from so many children!
Our sympathies go out to his family at this sad time.
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