Rob was a good mate

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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