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38 comments on “Robert Moran OAM”

  1. Thank you all so much for your thoughts and memories here. Dad was blessed to have such a fine array of friends, family and colleagues. He did indeed live a full life and he will be missed.

  2. A great tribute to a gentleman, scholar, intrepid traveller and a wonderful friend. It has been an honour and privilege to have known Bob, and of course in earlier times his lovely wife Glenys, for many years. We have been fortunate enough to have shared many pleasant, informative and exciting times with them. Our love and thoughts go out to the family and Barbara at this time. A fine Christian man in all respects, with whom you always felt better for having spent time with.

  3. Thank you so much to everyone who has left kind words here and to those who were able to attend in funeral in person. It’s wonderful to hear how much Dad meant to so many.

  4. Tony, Peter and Sophie and your families.

    What a marvellous innings your father played, I learnt more about him from Tony’s measured eulogy of him. Your dad, much like your mum, was always up for a chat and had a kind word of encouragement for your school friends. Later in life, with my own growing tribe, I would see Bob gracing the courts at Portsea at Mum & Dad’s place and have a chat with him. He had an inquiring and engaging mind, he was and will always be someone to admire and uphold their own values. A thoroughly decent man for all seasons.

    Thinking of you all…..Tim Waters and the Waters Family xx

  5. We knew Bob and Glenys through John and Sandra Moore but then through Barbara, to whom we send our love at this time. Thank you to everyone who brought this video service to us so that we could share in celebrating Bob’s wonderful life.

  6. Bob, I will miss not seeing your smiling face around
    and your generosity of time when a helping hand was needed.
    I appreciated being able to share in the service for you.

  7. To Tony, Peter and Sophie and families, our sympathy and love to you at this difficult time.

    Bob gave a marvellous speech at our wedding and we admired him as a wonderful, urbane and gentle man.

    He and Dad were the best of mates and had wonderful times together; now together once more with your Mum.

    Love Kate Mulligan (nee Schneeberger) and Richard Mulligan

  8. Condolences to the Moran family.
    Bob was a lovely guy & a wonderful Patron of Myeloma Australia.
    His legacy and goodwill to others will always live on.
    Rest in Peace

  9. We appreciated being able to join you in celebrating the life of a lovely, friendly and thoughtful man.
    We will miss his smiling face at the Convivial Strollers get togethers .
    Our thoughts are with all his family and friends.
    Geoff and Ann King

  10. My love and sympathy to Bobs children, Tony Peter and Sophie and also to Barbara.
    I would have liked to have been present at the service but present circumstances made that impossible.
    Bob and my late husband George went back a long way – both sons of permanent Australian Army Officers; they were also both at MGS though different houses. Bob will be sorely missed by many.
    With love
    Mary Legge

  11. Robert George Moran OAM
    2nd September 1933 – 28th June 2020

    Introduction

    On behalf of Peter, Sophie and Barbara, we welcome and thank you all for coming here to celebrate the life of Bob Moran with us. There are many others who are unable to attend today and we acknowledge and thank them for their many messages of support and kind condolences.

    Dad was a remarkable person and I am honoured to be giving his eulogy. I have big shoes to fill. So where to begin? I’ll start at the beginning, long before anyone of us ever knew him.

    Early Days

    Dad’s father George met my French Swiss grandmother Germaine Dubois in Switzerland whilst working as an engineer on the railways. They were married and she moved to Australia with him to begin a new life.

    Dad was born in Geelong on the 2nd September 1933. The young family soon moved to Burke Road in Malvern, and then on to Outlook Drive in Eaglemont, which became the family home throughout his single life and long after.

    War broke out when dad was just 6. By this time George was serving in the regular army and had risen to the rank of Brigadier. He was posted in Egypt, and then on to New Guinea, later to be awarded an OBE for his service.

    During these years dad saw very little of his father. He was also afflicted with polio at this time, a fact that always troubled him. He once confided in me he felt it had affected his memory, however you would never have known it.
    He commenced his early schooling at Caulfield Grammar before Grimwade and then on to Melbourne Grammar. It was whilst there he met a Merton Hall – Melbourne Grammar lass, Glenys Herring.

    After completing his schooling he took his rite of passage and travelled to the UK with close friends. Upon his return he commenced working for the firm Kent Briley Barraclough. It was at this time he began courting our mother Glenys.

    Family Life

    Bob and Glenys were married in 1962, shortly before purchasing their first home in Aquilla Street, North Balwyn. Two years later mum gave birth to me. Now here’s where it starts to get really interesting!

    By now dad was working as the accountant for Lucas Ford, a company owned dealership. Three years on and my brother Peter came into the world.

    Bob worked hard and was soon transferred to Ford’s head office in Broadmeadows, seated alongside a bloke named Jack Nasser. Jack went on to head up the Ford Motor Company internationally, something dad obviously had no desire to aspire to.

    Our parents purchased a house in Anderson Street, Malvern and in 1971 our sister Sophie made our family complete.

    Mum’s family the Herrings we’re also a big part of dad’s life. There were many family gatherings, firstly in Frankston where pop and nana built the family home, then later at Lila’s unit in Malvern after Les passed away. There were also trips to Sydney to visit them in Killara and later Lane Cove. Unfortunately Graeme, Joan, Michael, Richard and Suzanne are unable to attend today, however all are watching in from their homes in Sydney.

    My brother and sister were ideal children and both our parents lovingly raised all three of us, however Bob was working ever increasingly long hours and faced a daily commute which often saw him leave before we had risen for school and return long after our bedtime.

    Weekends & Holidays

    Weekends were always special, revolving around sports and family gatherings. We enjoyed close relations with our grandparents and often found ourselves going on numerous outings to highlights around Melbourne… Healesville Sanctuary, Puffing Billy, Kryal Castle, Fairyland, Luna Park, you name it.

    School holidays were something else, every one a real adventure! The family would spend the Christmas break at Wilson’s Prom, and every term break would see us kids diligently follow the route laid out in our RACV map to some far flung unheard of place that dad had discovered.

    Bob moved on to accountancy firm Capel Court and had more time to share with his beloved family. He played an important role in our upbringing, teaching us the values and ethics that remain with us to this day. He led by example.

    He ensured we all received the best education and never went without. Our childhoods were happy affairs and we are still blessed to belong in a loving and caring family unit.

    Career Moves

    Bob decided on a change in career during my last year at school. He bought a franchise in a start up business called The One Stop Foto Shop and went into business retailing at a shop in Box Hill, bringing together his love of photography and business acumen.

    Despite his cautious and diligent approach to all aspects in life, the company owner proved to be unscrupulous, bleeding the business dry and leaving the franchisees in danger of losing everything.

    They rallied together, bought themselves out and established the Rabbit Photos chain. The buying group prospered and Bob set up a second store in Blackburn.

    An opportunity to help others beckoned when he was lured to a position as senior advisor to the Victorian Government’s Small Business Development Corporation (later to become known as Business Victoria). He loved the role, and was to see out his professional career there.

    Retirement

    Much to his joy, his family grew. All three children found loving partners and he was gifted with three talented grandchildren whom he treasured. Every step of the way, he took great pride in relating our family’s achievements to anyone willing to listen.

    His passion for tennis and his beloved Kooyong Tennis Club never waned. Not just for the game, but the friendships he made and entertained there. In recent years he tired of being beaten by his 92 year old playing partner and sought the services of a professional coach. By now well over 80, at the end of the first lesson Bob asked what he though and was told “now would be a good time to give the game away”.

    Bob’s penchant to join groups continued to grow… the men’s lunch at Kooyong, the Convivial Strollers (a walking group he established with his and mum’s friends), his French classes, the regular Sackville Grange ‘drinks’ parties. Recently he had even been standing in for mum at her ladies lunches.

    Dad never retired, he simply volunteered to take on more.
    He was never one for hobbies. Instead he had passions. Whatever his attention turned to, he did so with great enthusiasm. Photography, bird watching, computers, no matter where his interest lay, he immersed himself in it completely.

    Benevolent Causes

    The same can be said for his charitable efforts, of which there were many. A keen and prominent Rotarian, he was instrumental in establishing the Business of Winning, a major Rotary fundraiser held each year at the Hilton Hotel

    Then there was the Camberwell art and photographic show, on which he and mum expended enormous time and effort for the benefit of others.

    A sometime church treasurer, auditor, warden, bible readings, the annual church fete, his immense and unshakable faith served him well throughout his life.

    Myeloma Foundation

    Later in life his wife Glenys was diagnosed with incurable Myeloma, thought to be a rare cancer of the bone marrow at the time. Dad wasn’t about to let her go.

    The more he researched the subject, the less he learned. There was little in the way of information or support, hence the common belief it was rare. He set about changing that.

    Along with Brian Rosengarten, whose wife is also a sufferer, they co-founded the Myeloma Foundation of Victoria. Developing a network of support groups and relationships with leading medical experts, they managed to make important inroads with government, which soon saw the foundation expand nationally. The Myeloma Foundation of Australia was eventually to become Myeloma Australia.

    In recognition of his efforts, dad was awarded an Order of Australia Medal. Other good people within the organisation were to follow, director Peter Allen OAM and more recently chairman Brian Rosengarten OAM.

    Mum eventually succumbed to the disease in 2011, 14 years after she was given just a four year outlook. Much of this was due to her sheer determination, but also to the advances in medicine that Myeloma Australia helped achieve. It is a lasting legacy and one of which all our family is immensely proud.

    Prior to her death, Glenys made two important decisions. The first was to insist Bob become her carer. Not that she needed him to be, but to ensure he could look after himself once she had gone. She domesticated him! Household appliances, the oven, the dishwasher, that white square thing that always stood in the laundry!

    The other was to compile a list, which she handed to him in the days leading up to her death. It listed the names of eligible women, which mum hoped dad would one day consider! One of those names was Barbara Johnstone, for which Bob would truly be blessed. We all have been. Thanks mum.

    Barbara

    Barbara and Bob became lifelong friends and companions. They travelled, both here and abroad, even white water rafting in Canada… life was never dull.

    Their relationship was one of mutual love and respect. Barbara brought much happiness to dad’s life. She is now family. Barbara, I speak on behalf of dad and all three children when I say thank you.

    Friends

    Throughout his life, Bob made numerous friends. At school, with neighbours, business acquaintances and in social circles, once you were a friend of Bob’s, you were a friend for life.

    Unfortunately only a small portion of you can be here with us today, however the family wish to thank and acknowledge every one of you, present or otherwise.

    Conclusion

    Robert George Moran OAM was a good man. A good husband to Glenys, father to Tony, Peter and Sophie, father-in-law to Sharyn and Liz, grandfather to Carla, Finn and Sonny, partner to Barbara and friend to many. A man of God. Rest in peace dad, we will all miss you dearly.

  12. We knew Bob through Norman & Sally Marshall. Always smiling & friendly and a man of God. Wonderful service for him and an excellent eulogy. Best wishes to all Bob’s family, Mary & Peter Le Get

  13. What a lovely gentle man Bob was, always courteous, wise and witty and with a delightful chuckle.
    Our Kooyong tennis group always delighted in his company. He was much missed after his retirement.
    We send our thoughts and fond memories of Bob to his loving and beloved family.
    Vale, dear Bob.
    Jan and John Coleman

  14. What a lovely gentle man Bob was, always courteous, wise and witty and with a delightful chuckle.
    Our Kooyong tennis group always delighted in his company. He was much missed after his retirement.
    We send our thoughts and fond memories of Bob to his loving and beloved family.
    Vale, dear Bob.
    Jan and John Coleman

  15. Anne Schneeberger and Kate, Martin and Charles and families

    Loving sympathy to Tony, Peter Sophie and families. Bob was a wonderful friend and will be missed tremendously. With our love to you all,

  16. What a lovely gentle man Bob was, always courteous, wise and witty and with a delightful chuckle.
    Our Kooyong tennis group always delighted in his company. He was much missed after his retirement.
    We send our thoughts and fond memories of Bob to his loving and beloved family.
    Vale, dear Bob.
    Jan and John Coleman

  17. Beautiful service for a beautiful man. RIP Uncle Bob.
    All our love to Tony, Peter and Sophie and your families.
    Tony – brilliant eulogy and so well said. Your composure and words for the family were outstanding.
    I did wave back to you all in the service but look forward to when I can hug you in the future!
    Much Love,
    Suzie, Ian, Toma nd Daniel (Sydney)

  18. Thank you for sharing the service with us. Judy & I have fond memories of Bob & Glenys. Our thoughts are with his family.

    Ron Lear (Camberwell Rotary Club)

  19. A wonderful tribute to a true gentleman who gave so much to so many. Our thoughts are with the family and Barb. Love Peter and Judy

  20. I was glad I got to know Bob: a great man of faith, an enthusiast for his photography, and obviously the causes he held dear. To my great regret that we never did that trip to the Mornington Peninsula to test drive his camera. I was pleased that I was able to fill a few gaps in his ancestry.
    Warren Thomas

  21. On behalf of everyone at Myeloma Australia and the myeloma community we give thanks to and fondly remember our Patron Bob. He will be dearly missed. We are proud to continue his legacy and he and Glenys will never be far from our thoughts in everything we do.

  22. Lovely Church service. A wonderful friend and neighbour in Crest Avenue, Balwyn.
    A life well lived. David and Lyn Greenall.

  23. We extend our deepest sympathy to Bob’s Family and Barbara. We will miss our friend and neighbour.
    We appreciated being able to take part in this service to honour Bob.

    Evelyne Perks and Joel Cohen

  24. I was privileged to know Bob when we were both at Capel Court, and then much more recently when Wendy and I moved to Canterbury and joined the congregation of St. Mark’s.
    A wonderful human being and a role model for us all.
    Richard Bowen

  25. Farewell dear Bob. It has been a privilege to have you as our friend at St Mark’s

    Phil and Yvonne Giltinan

  26. Dear Tony, Peter, Sophie, Barbara and families
    We were so sad to hear of Bob’s passing, he was such a gentleman with a very generous spirit.
    We had some lovely chats and discussions especially about photography and wine.
    We will miss his catch ups and smile.
    Much love to you all at this time.
    Ted Lethborg & Pina xx

  27. A lovely tribute to Bob … thankyou for sharing his service with his many friends. He will be greatly missed

  28. Paul & Margaret Roberts – KLTC

    Such a gentle, lovely man whose company on both the tennis court & at Seniors lunches at Kooyong will be sorely missed.

    Our thoughts are with you.

    From all at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

  29. Hello Sophie Tony and Peter
    Due to circumstances beyond my control I cant attend in person
    I am very grateful to be watching the service online live
    I have very many fond memories of your father and mother
    I glad to be celebrating Bob’s life

    regards
    Martin Schneeberger

  30. I am so sorry I cannot be there with you in person.
    Thinking of you all, with my love.

    Mimi and the Foletta Family

    1. To Bob’s family my true love and condolences, one of the most heart felt compassionate men I have ever met and I’m truly lucky to have known him. I will never look at bird in the same way. Love you bob

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