St Marys stationmaster Bob Dunn has signed off for the final time after 34 years at the helm.
ST MARYS commuters have said their final goodbye to stationmaster Bob Dunn, who had served the local community for more than 30 years.
Mr Dunn moved to Sydney and got a job selling tickets at Stanmore when he was just 16. Moving to Colyton, Mr Dunn was later transferred to St Marys where he has stayed for the past 34 years.
Walking into his last shift on Friday, Mr Dunn admitted there had been a few tears already. “It’s a bit hard to accept,” he said.
“If I said I wouldn’t miss it I would be lying – it’s been a hell of a big part of my life for 40 years.”
Balloons and posters lined St Marys station for Mr Dunn’s last day, with friends, colleagues and commuters all stopping in to say goodbye. Among them was co-worker Donna Larsen, who said Mr Dunn was “the heart of St Marys”.
“He is St Marys as far as I am concerned,” she said.
“He is the boss that everyone wanted to work for – you don’t even take sick days when he is here.”
Christine Regan, of St Clair, has caught the train from St Marys for 20 years.
“About 15 years ago, I took a tumble at the ticket barrier and broke my nose,” she said.
“Bob collected me up, helped me cancel my meeting contacts, protected me when I passed out, called my partner and an ambulance. He is a community treasure.”
Mr Dunn said most commuters were great.
“They just want a happy transition to and from work,” he said. “Though we had our bad share here as well ... we got through it.”
Admitting he had become “part of the furniture” at St Marys, Mr Dunn said he had seen some big changes.
“I have seen a lot change here ... in 1992 we had a huge renovation, then we went all electronic and now we are all on Opal cards – it’s crazy.”
Bob Dunn’s last day on the job. Inset, with senior staffer Jeff Thompson. Pictures: Phil Rogers
St Mary's stationmaster Bob Dunn with work colleague and friend Donna Larsen.