Rob was a good mate
DYLLAN Robin Cole, or Rob, as he was known in theNorth Burnett, died suddenly on November 23. Just 51, Rob was the second youngest in a family of six boys born to Geoff and Kath Cole.
Along with his brothers Irfon, Gus, Neil, Pat and David, Rob was born in Atherton, where he did his schooling, plumbing apprenticeship and played in the rugby league grand final in the late 1970s.
As well as being a well-respected rugby league player, Rob competed in the Mareeba Rodeo, participated in the 1978 Centenary Horse Ride and owned and trained a series of racehorses.
His brother David recalled a time Rob and a mate tried to break in a wild horse.
He said it took them all day to catch the horse, which still looked really good at the end of the day – but they didn’t!
“This epitomises what Robbie loved – the bush, horses, animals, fun, family and mates,” GusCole said in the eulogy.
“Family and people in general were very important to Robbie, who liked nothing better than a cup of tea, a laugh and a chat.”
Many a time it had been told how Rob sat on the car bonnet with a shotgun, waiting for his daughter April and her boyfriend to come home one night.
Rob thought it was really funny, but the boyfriend didn’t, and was never seen again.
In recent years, Rob suffered failing eyesight and poor health, which led to open-heart surgery.
But above all else, Rob loved his family and he always spoke highly of them and their achievements. Seeing his children, April, Jakob and Ryan grow into fine young people gave him great pleasure, and he adored his granddaughter Kirra.
Like all who knewthe family, Rob was devastated by Jakob’s death earlier this year and appreciated the support he was given by the community, especially by his neighbour Nadine Keenan and her family, at this traumatic time.
Rob believed his new apprentice, Lisa, was sent by his son and this gave him some solace.
Rob loved Mundubbera, its people and the community he found, when he made it his home more than 20 years ago.
Mundubbera mourned the death of a man described by all as kind, gentle, caring, open and a good mate.
On the day Rob died, his niece Christie gave birth to daughter Miriam, who will be an ongoing memory of her Uncle Rob.
LOVED LIFE: Mundubbera’s Rob Cole loved life and lived it in a way that endeared him to all who met him.