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  1. I was browsing the website just now looking for something else and was very sad when I came across the tributes to Bob. I would like to offer my condolences to Joan and Christopher and memories of a long time ago. In the time when we had regular contact, I always found Bob to be a real gentleman and a most genuine person. I know he will be sadly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
    Julie Wilson

  2. Sincerest condolences to you Joan and Family on the passing of dear Bob.
    He was a lovely neighbor and we had some great chats. Ayla was very fond of him too, always asking “where’s Bob”.
    Kelly, Matt and Family.

  3. Just watched the E.TRIBUTE of dad’s funneral, This is for you dad,,,, I MISS MY DAD, The loss of your farther no matter how old you are changes your life forever,Your dad is your protector who keeps you safe and secure.You never really get over the loss you learn to live with it,and he is never far away from our thoughts. R.I.P. mate forever in our thoughts Christopher and Kylie… Thankyou to every body for your support,help it’s been much appsehated. Love you DAD and will miss you dearly, Your son and good mate…. Christopher

  4. A lovely service that wonderfully captured so many aspects of Uncle Robert’s life.
    Despite not being there in person we were grateful to be able to live stream his farewell.
    We will miss his playful nature and great sense of humour, and will cherish so many memories including the very entertaining games of Pictionary (boys vs girls) at mum & dad’s place.
    All our love to Aunty Joan,
    Until next time ,
    Maddi & Nick. Xxx

    1. Dear Maddi and Nick,

      Thank you for your kind words. Due to corona virus it was unfortunate that a full service could not be held and at least friends and family who were far and wide could be a part of proceedings. Looking forward to when times become more ‘normal’. Love always, Aunty Joan

  5. A beautiful service Aunty Joan watched with dad. RIP uncle Bob, you always made me smile and will be missed dearly.
    Love to you all and the extended family.
    xx Julie, Stephen, Matt, Mike and Graeme

  6. A lovely service that wonderfully captured so many aspects of Uncle Robert’s life.

    Despite not being there in person, we were very grateful to be able to live stream his farewell.

    We will miss his playful nature and great sense of humour, and will cherish the many memories we do have, including games of Pictionary (boys vs girls) at Mum and Dad’s place.

    All our love to Aunty Joan and the wider family.

    Until next time,

    Maddi and Nick xxx

  7. A wonderful and fitting farewell to dear Bob, with all tributes paying Bob the respect and farewell , he truly deserved.
    Much love to Joan and family, during this awfully sad time.
    Deepest sympathy to you all.

    Stan and Sandra Pettett

  8. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time Joan. Happy memories of a nice bloke and umpire comrade. Our sincere condolences to the family.
    Gary & Pam Choate xxx

  9. Our condolances to Joan & family. Also to Bobs wonderful brothers & sisters. We will miss your cheerful nature and dad jokes. You will live forever in our hearts with so many treasured memories.
    Love you forever…Bob & Lorraine Brett, Tim, . & Shannon Madigan & their families.

  10. All of us at Footscray United Cricket Club wish to extend our deepest condolences to Bob’s wife Joan and the entire Manton family and brothers Geoff (Golden) and Noel (Bronze) who also played at our club.

    Bob’s Involvement at our club included being named as an elite member of the Footscray United Team of the Century, champion player awards and batting average awards in his ten years of playing A Grade cricket with us.

    Bob even coached our club in 1980/81 and his fathers George was President in 1979/80.

    Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time

    Francis Butcher President On behalf of Footscray United Cricket Club

  11. RIP Bob

    Trips to the football and the cricket will not be as much fun without you. Although it was really the socialising on the train home that was usually the highlight! I’ll miss our chats.

    Sending you love Joan and family.

  12. Joan:
    Nancy and I send our heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. We are so happy we got to meet you and Bob both on the National Park tour and then when we visited your wonderful country. We know you had a wonderful relationship and life together and Bob will be missed. Thank you for letting us know and inviting us to Bob’s service. It was indeed beautiful and a tribute to his friendships, service and life.

    Love, Nancy and Pat

    1. Dear Nancy and Pat, thank you for your kind words. Bob and I had a great time on that trip and having the chance to meet up with you both. I think of that trip often and the good time we had.
      Love always, Joan

  13. Dear Robert George [Bob],
    We can’t find any words on how to say goodbye, you were one of our family, adopted by Madigan/Beveridge clan, we shall miss you so much at our luncheon’s, holidays and meeting up at MacDonalds for a coffee and catch up.

    On watching your eulogy today brought back so many beautiful memories of which we shall treasure, you were a true gentle soul whom didn’t deserve what you had to go through over the last months that you were here, you gave it your all to stay with us but it was a battle you couldn’t win.

    We want to thank you for being such a loyal friend to us, we appreciated every thing you helped us with on our big caravan trip back in 2012, boy ken and I would have been lost without you guiding us along over this time. Sadly we won’t be heading back along that track as we had plan to do down the line. RIP Robert and we truly do hope there is a coffee waiting for you on your arrive into the start of your new journey, Oi, Oi, Oi, love you mate.

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Joan, Christopher & Kylie, Glenn and friend of Kate, Jake, Brodie, Jaiden and Maddy, on the passing of your dearest Husband, Father, Father in-law and Pa.

    Love you,
    Glenys, Ken and familes x

    1. Dear Glenys and Ken,
      Thank you for your kind words and the sharing of your memories. One day, hopefully, we can catch up again for a coffee or back to our lunches.

      Love always, Joan

  14. Rest In Peace Bob/Pa,

    Rest safe in the knowledge your Grandkids, Brodie, Jaiden and Maddy hold you in such high esteem. They love you dearly and are heartbroken it was your time to go. Your Grandsons did amazingly today as pallbearers at your final send off…………You would be so very proud.
    Bob, before you passed, Scott & I promised you that your grandkids will continue to be forever loved and cared for by the two us. I know you said you knew we would, but just know it is a promise we will keep forever Thank you for entrusting them in to our care.
    Know that the 5 of us, amongst so many others, will continue to love and support Joan.
    Maddy says ” Hey Pa, you got any Lolls?”
    You are dearly missed Bob/Pa
    Rest free from pain and suffering
    So Much Love
    Brodie, Jaiden, Maddy, Fiona & Scott

    1. Dear Fiona and Scott,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. Bob was so proud of Brodie, Jaiden and Maddy and they helped perk him up in the last few days he was with us.
      I am proud of all of you for the journey you have undertaken and trust that I can continue to be part of what the future may bring.
      Love always, Joan

  15. Rest in peace Bob . You were a good friend and mentor and thanks for all your help at the R.DF.L
    To Joan and family , our thoughts and prayers are with you . Take care and thanks for the memories .
    Graham and Paul Saville.

  16. To Dear Joan,

    Thinking of you at this sad time.

    You will have many wonderful memories of your life with your dear Bob

    xx Jenny Wood

  17. Thanks Bob.
    Your 30 + years of friendship and good times as part of the RDFLUA will be cherished forever.
    We will always remember the good humour and camaraderie you brought to any gathering.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Joan and family.

    You’ll be sadly missed

    Keith and Margaret Cummings

  18. Lovely to hear more about Bob’s life today. We have lots of happy memories from his Bullengarook Fire Brigade days. A great mentor to Cargie and many others.

    Our deepest sympathy to you Joan and all of your family.

  19. When AFL resumes next year, we will miss your patient explanation of the rule as we scream at the umpire who dares pay a free-kick against the Bulldogs. A life well-lived Bob.

  20. Hi Joan,
    I watched the service with Dad and it was lovely. I learnt a lot about Bob and his services to the community, and his love of sport. Thinking of you all during this time, but remembering Bob for the man that he was.
    Lots of Love.

  21. Our sincere condolences to Joan and family.

    Such lovely words and poems were spoken at Robert’s funeral. Great photos from your extensive travels and the good old days.

    He looked so handsome in his CFA uniform.

    Sending you lots of love
    Janet and Tony O’Farrell

  22. Dear Joan, so sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. As you know I first met Bob through the RDFL Umpires. He was always up for a chat when I would see him at the footy and had plenty of encouraging words for my boys, Daniel & Jason when they started umpiring. Even in later years when I would run into him the first thing he would say would be ‘how are the boys?’ I know you will miss him dearly and am sure he will always be looking down on you with a smile on his face.
    Much love to you, Jenny Mousley.

  23. We will miss you Bob, as you’re one of a kind and a great bloke. RIP mate.
    Our sincere condolences to Joan and family.

    Robert & Carmen Semmens
    (Riddell Umpires)

  24. Dear Joan,
    Please accept our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to you all. I enjoyed the lovely service watching from Highfields in Queensland. Wish I could’ve been there with you. He was a great bloke and good friend.
    Lots of fond memories to remember him.
    Lots of love.
    Keith and Elaine Kieseker

  25. Lovely service, a gentleman, well respected. our love to you Joan. You were a great couple. Bob was special and so are you. Sorry we couldn’t attend in person. Ken & Ailsa.

  26. Bob a life well lived, lead by example from the front, no mountain too high, application number one, many thanks for all those wonderful memories and enjoyable times during our Umpiring days, and above all the advice you were always willing to pass on, our thoughts and prayers to Joan and family.

    Love Marge and Stewart Brown.

    1. Marge and Stewart,
      Thank you so much for your kind words, Robert will certainly be missed. He was such a wonderful brother.

      Janet xx

  27. What a special celebration of Robert’s life.

    Condolences to all of Robert’s family, especially my dear friend Julie.

    You all have so many memories of Robert to share.

    What a wonderful life.

  28. Dear Joan and family,
    My sincere condolences to you all on the passing of Bob. Listening to his eulogy, he was a man to behold with his love of all things.
    Be strong and feel many loving arms around you.
    Love Dinah Reeve.

    1. Thank you Diana, we have many fond memories of our times at Footscray United Cricket Club.

      Geoff. M.

  29. Rest in Peace in Bob, we will miss you and Thank you for all the wonderful memories and years of friendship.
    Lots of Love Bronwyn & Rowan

  30. Beautiful service for a wonderful man. RIP Bob.
    Our love and thoughts with Joan and family.

    Neville and Christine Petrie

  31. RIP Bob,

    You were the best mentor a new firefighter could ask for and a very dear friend. I will miss your fantastic sense of humour and dad jokes very much.

  32. Rob McIntyre representing the Gisborne and District Cricket Association.

    A fierce competitor on the cricket field and a great bloke off it. Memories of when Bob first started football umpiring in the Riddell Dsitrict Football League and the many laughs throughout the game. Was always hard but fair in his decisions.

    Rest in Peace, Bob and well played.

  33. Rest in peace, Bobby.

    One of the genuine “good guys”.
    Such great contributions to so many local community teams and activities.
    I was fortunate enough to play a season with you at the Gisborne Cricket Club in 1994/95 and will always remember that season fondly.

    Condolences to Joan and the extended family.
    Love Callum Jackman, and the Gisborne Cricket Club.

  34. Thank you Bob for the times we shared, playing cricket, meeting at the footy and fun times at George and Nancy’s. We will miss you.
    Rest in Peace
    Stephen and Robyn Power

  35. RIP to uncle Robert. I remember all the games that we were all apart of. Tennis every year in Bullengarook, the card games, charades at Christmas and so much more. It was such a fun time! I will miss occasional Friday lunch catch ups.
    Fly high with Pa, Nanna, Aunty Kathy and Uncle George.

    Love Emma, Frankie and kids xx

  36. Bob and I worked together at CIG Bell Street for a few years and I remember picking him up at early hours from his and Joan’s flat in Carlton or Clifton Hill to drive to Horsham to work at the Wimmera Field Days.
    I also spent a week with him visiting his customers and he told me to not bring any lunch as he knew of all the good pie shops in Clifton Hill, Fitzroy and Carlton, and he was right!
    We also spent an Easter camping at Porepunkah and had many happy moments touring the area.
    So sad to see you leave us mate under such circumstances.
    R.I. P. Bob Manton

  37. RIP Uncle Robert.

    You truly were one of a kind. You’re wonderful sense of humour and your silly jokes will never be forgotten.

    No more pain. Rest In Peace.

    Forever in our hearts.

    We will miss you xoxoxox

    Lots of love Janine, Wayne, Aidan and Tahnee xoxoxoxo

    1. Thank you Janine, Wayne, Aidan & Tahnee, Robert cherished his extended families.

      Geoff & Peta ( Uncle & Aunt)

  38. Thanks for all the fun times and laughs Uncle Robert.

    I loved that you continued to give me ‘high fives’ whenever I saw you (from the time I was a child and up until the very end). I’ll miss your silly sense of humour and the fun that you would bring to any room you were in.

    Lots of great memories to cherish, see you again one day.

    Love from Stefan, Bianca and Patrick Xxx

    1. Thanks Stephan Bianca & Patrick, Robert cherished all in his extended families.

      Geoffrey & Peta – Uncle & Aunt

  39. Thankyou very much for having me in your family for the past 25 years
    You have been an amazing person throughout all your support you and Joan have given myself and Glenn,
    Your amazing man and father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by Brodie Jaiden and little maddy-jane, we all will always hold you forever in our hearts always on our minds
    R.I.P Dad, Robert ( PA Bob)

  40. Its your time now Uncle Robert, rest in peace.

    Yes lots of fabulous and hilarious memories, running around on your farm, hide and seek in hay sheds, cricket games in Bright, and what I’ll always cherish, billiards in Pa’s pool room, with lots of happy yelling, laughing and carrying on, which was usual whenever there were gatherings with your brothers and sisters!

    Will miss your happy, forever smiling face and infectious humor!

    Love Suzie, Joc and kids x

  41. Thank you, Uncle Robert for giving all of us fun times growing up. Including, New Years Eve parties at Bullengarook, family tennis days, family charades and all the laughs you shared with us over the years.
    Your character was truly yours, and no one could ever replace your funny sense of humour.
    Thanks so much for being you.

    I will cherish forever, the good old Torana manual you gave me. Thanks again. I love it.

    I can see you now united with Nana, Pa, Aunty Kathy and Uncle George.
    Wow. What a funny lot you’d all be.

    Rest In Peace Uncle Robert, in heaven, where you go anywhere and are free from any kind of restrictions.

    Love you.
    Love from Naomi, Darren, Zoe, Abby and Luke.

    1. Thankyou Naomi they where lovely words,, You have the TORANA Manual and i have the Torana memories. Take care Christpher

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