Northern Rivers musician and teacher Rob Yeatman.
Northern Rivers musician and teacher Rob Yeatman. Contributed

Tributes flow for talented and local muso

TRIBUTES are flowing from the music and broader community after the sudden loss of musician Rob Yeatman.

Born in New Zealand, Rob Yeatman was a music teacher and performer for more than 20 years in his homeland before moving to Australia.

As a musician, he loved Australian rock 'n' roll, and he played the 12-string acoustic guitar.

Close friend and fellow musician Brett Hamlyn said Mr Yeatman passed away at home surrounded by those close to him, after a very aggressive type of cancer was diagnosed a couple of months ago.

Dr Hamlyn said he met the Yeatmans not long after they moved to the area, in 2012.

"Rob and Belle came to the launch of one of my albums. They introduced themselves to me and not long after I found myself mixing an album that Rob had recorded in Thailand," Mr Hamley said.

"He was a very good songwriter and one of the most positive human beings I have ever met.

"He was also a very advanced martial artist. He had two black belts and 15 years of experience, but he was also a very gentle guy and absolutely dedicated to his craft."

Byron Community College (BCC) marketing and courses coordinator, Vicki Walker, said Mr Yeatman started teaching music locally in January 2014.

"His first class, Guitar Improvisation, became very popular and received lots of good feedback," she said.

"He was a really lovely guy, and he had so much time for everybody and really wanted to share his passion of music. His students really enjoyed his teaching and enrolled in further classes with him."

Ms Walker said Mr Yeatman was such a popular teacher, he was scheduled to run five different classes with BCC this term.

A celebration of Rob Yeatman's life will be held in the near future.

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