Tributes paid to businessman who wrote erotic novels

POPULAR Bob Jenkins founded the InterCash business
POPULAR Bob Jenkins founded the InterCash business

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a businessman who wrote erotic novels in his spare time.

Bob Jenkins, who was well-known in Portsmouth for founding InterCash Bureau de Change, has died from prostate cancer at the age of 62.

The entrepreneur set up a number of businesses in the city, including a book shop called Bookworm and a market stall, and he owned racing greyhounds.

He was also a writer and, having learned his trade at The News, he went on to write and produce Ad Lib Magazine and later the Portsmouth Post, as well as writing two fantasy and 10 erotic novels.

His step-daughter Sarah Butcher, 43, who lives next-door to Bob’s home in Gladys Avenue, North End, said: ‘Bob was never bored, he was always up to something and had so many projects on the go all the time.

‘But he was a real family man too. He helped us all out at one time or another, and gave so many of us a job.

‘He was the kind of person who believed anyone could do well if you gave them a chance.’

Julie Fowler, 49, of Clive Road, Fratton, who worked for Mr Jenkins at InterCash for nearly 20 years, said: ‘He was a great boss.

‘No one ever leaves InterCash because he was so good, and if they do they all want to come back.’

Mr Jenkins’s eccentric personality earned him many friends, and his daughter Charley Jenkins has been stopped in the street by people keen to pass on their condolences.

Charley, 29, of Gladys Avenue, North End, said: ‘Dad was very popular around here, everyone knew him.

‘He was quick-witted and funny, and always had a joke to tell which is why I think people liked him so much.

‘We’ll all miss him.’

Mr Jenkins’ funeral is on Wednesday at Portchester Crematorium at 3pm. Everyone is welcome.

Entrepreneur lived a life full of variety

Bob Jenkins, who set up a number of businesses and projects in Portsmouth, has died from prostate cancer aged 62.

The cricket lover, of Gladys Avenue, North End, was born and bred in the city, attending Northern Grammar School – now Mayfield School. After leaving school at 16, he was given a job at The News and became a reporter. In his mid-20s Mr Jenkins left The News to work as a DJ at nightclub Sound Barrier on Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, and before long was running the club.

During this time he wrote his first two books – both of which were sci-fi fantasy novels.

He set up his own removal firm, BJT Removals, and later took on a market stall at Commercial Road in 1983 which he ran for five years.

That year he founded InterCash and opened two stores. A year later Mr Jenkins founded Bookworms and ran it from Cosham, before moving into the Tricorn. In 1999 he moved both from the Tricorn. Bookworms reopened in London Road, North End, where it is today, and InterCash went into Allders – now Debenhams on Commercial Road.

He went on to open another six InterCash stores across the city.

In the mid-1980s Mr Jenkins wrote and produced Ad Lib Magazine which consisted of short stories, and in 1998 he wrote the first of 10 erotic novels under the pseudonym Jennifer Jane Pope. In 2002 he started the Portsmouth Post which ran until 2008.

Mr Jenkins was a keen carpenter and refurbished houses and all of his shops, as well as carving a cat for the roof of his home.

He leaves behind daughter Charley Jenkins, 29, stepchildren Sarah Butcher, 43, and Shane Jaxson, 38, and six grandchildren.

· Robert Jenkins: born December 7, 1949; died September 24, 2012