Ipswich hero Bob Green laid to rest
A TRUE Ipswich hero has been laid to rest.
This morning, an emotional funeral service was held for Robin 'Bob' Green OAM at St Mary's church.
Many Ipswich residents would know him as the man who dressed up as Santa Claus every Christmas.
Some mourners wept but the overwhelming sense was one of celebration - a heartfelt tribute to the man who seemingly lived to help others.
His eldest son Jason held back tears as began to tell the large gathered crowd a little about his father's early days, his love of trains and of his true love.
Jason spoke of the day his father Bob met their mother Judy.
"He always said finding mum that day was like winning the lottery," Jason said.
The two married on January 6, 1973.
Bob Green was born on May 27, 1950.
He died, aged 67, on October 18, 2017.
WHEN Bob Green read a QT story about a little girl who had never played in the water because of her medical condition, he wasted no time doing what he could to help.
Hours after the papers featuring toddler Mayana hit the stands in December, Bob Green was on the phones and by mid-morning had already rallied other troops to help.
That act sums up Bob's attitude to helping others throughout his life. No hesitation, no second thought when someone was suffering and he could do anything to help.
That was just one of his many charitable acts throughout his 67 years on this Earth.
On October 18, Bob Green OAM died.
Bob told anyone who asked that he had been dying for years - having been told several years ago by doctors that he had four weeks to live - but he kept going.
He was a Rotary member, a husband, a father and grandfather to 15 grandchildren.
Bob organised the annual Happy Wanderers Bus Tour and throughout the 16 years, he and his team raised more than $150,000 for the Ipswich Hospital Children's Sunshine Ward.
Before his death, Bob handed over the reins to his son Jason to ensure the tour carries on. Ipswich Mayor Andrew Antoniolli said Bob would be sorely missed.
"He was a generous man, full of community spirit," he said.
A funeral service will be held at 10.30am, St Mary's Church on Thursday, October 26.