Farewell to vi­brant Rob

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALEISHA DAW­SON aleisha.daw­son@news.com.au

GOLD Coast real es­tate agent Rob Ast­bury, 69, who also had a suc­cess­ful me­dia ca­reer, has died.

His death this week shocked the real es­tate in­dus­try with agents de­scrib­ing him as “larger than life” and a “great friend.”

Ray White Queens­land CEO Tony War­land in a state­ment sent to staff said “his pass­ing was un­ex­pected but peace­ful”.

Ray White Broad­beach prin­ci­pal Larry Malan vis­ited Mr Ast­bury’s Broad­beach home on Thurs­day, af­ter not be­ing able to con­tact him. Po­lice con­firmed the death was not sus­pi­cious.

Mr Ast­bury, a for­mer TV sports pre­sen­ter, hit the head­lines in 2007 when celebrity agent An­thony Zam­mit pub­lished King and I: My Life with Gra­ham Kennedy.

The book de­tailed Mr Ast­bury’s re­la­tion­ship with the late king of com­edy. The same year Mr Ast­bury re­vealed he was HIV pos­i­tive.

Dur­ing a 21-year me­dia ca­reer he won 10 VFL/AFL awards, two na­tional Pen­guin awards and was twice nom­i­nated for the Lo­gie Awards for the Best News Story of the year.

Fol­low­ing an early ca­reer in Mel­bourne ra­dio Mr Ast­bury made a jump to TV work­ing with Net­work Ten and the Nine Net­work.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from tele­vi­sion, he worked as a real es­tate agent for Ray White Broad­beach be­tween 1994 and 2000.

For the next decade he ran a prop­erty de­vel­op­ment com­pany in Thai­land.

In 2010, Mr Ast­bury again worked at Ray White Broad­beach spe­cial­is­ing in high­rise apart­ments and prop­er­ties.

Mr Malan said most who knew Mr Ast­bury would say he was a colour­ful and larger-than-life char­ac­ter.

“His an­tics around the of­fice were leg­endary which will be re­mem­bered by all for a very long time,” Mr Malan said. “He will not be eas­ily for­got­ten. He was an out­stand­ing ne­go­tia­tor and mar­keter and his skills and per­son­al­ity will be sorely missed.”

Sam Guo, an agent with Ray White Broad­beach, de­scribed Mr Ast­bury as a great friend.

“The first time I walked in the door he came up and gave me a hug and said he was re­ally ex­cited for us to join the agency. He made me feel very wel­come.”

Michael Kol­losche, of Kol­losche Pres­tige Agents, said Mr Ast­bury prided him­self on be­ing the best in his real es­tate class.

“I started off as his per­sonal as­sis­tant many years ago,” Mr Kol­losche said. “Rob re­ally lived for his job – he en­joyed real es­tate and had a lot of re­ally good clients.” beach­side

Es­tate agent Rob Ast­bury, 69, died this week. Dur­ing his event­ful ca­reer, the larger-than-life per­son­al­ity spent more than 20 years as an award-win­ning TV sports pre­sen­ter (be­low in­ter­view­ing Essendon’s Roger Mer­rett).

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