Com­mu­nity treasure

St Marys sta­tion­mas­ter Bob Dunn has signed off for the fi­nal time af­ter 34 years at the helm.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian McKee

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.

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