The world has lost another good bloke

WHEN I came to The Northern Star last year one of the first people I met was newsagent Bob Sydenham.

Bob had a great passion for the newspaper and was quick to give me a few editorial pointers.

When I visited his newsagency in South Lismore he happily introduced me to his staff and customers.

It was a business I was always happy to visit because of the loyal following of Northern Star readers, who would tell you when you did a good job and when you didn’t.

Bob was very proud of his patch and I could easily see why.

I was terribly sad to discover Bob had a deteriorating illness that forced him to sell the newsagency he loved.

But I am sure he would be happy to know the new owners are doing a great job looking after his old customers as well as he did.

We had a few things in common. Bob had worked for Australia Post for 39 years and my grandfather had also worked there for almost 60 years until he retired. He liked red wine and a barbie with friends and family, and I have been known to often sit around a barbie with friends and family sharing a glass of red or two.

It was a sad day when Bob died last week at St Vincent’s Hospital in Lismore surrounded by the people he loved best – his family.

The world has lost another good bloke who enjoyed his life and his family.

I send my deepest sympathies to Bob’s partner Annette and his family for their loss.


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