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Rob Retrot, we will never forget.


What a sad day it is. We have lost a dear friend. Rob passed away at 11.25 pm last night with Jude by his side. I still remember when Rob came into Judith's life about 11 years ago. Judith was our close friend and had been through some not-so-good relationships, but then Rob came into her life. It was a God send for her, and I am sure she has had a loving experience with her partner and husband, Robbie. The last 11 years have been packed with so many good experiences that Judith will now treasure.


What a life Rob has lived with several relationships (none like this one with Jude) and having several children. He was a Vietnam Veteran and started in the Queensland Police Force as their Physical Education teacher at the School Academy. He had an exemplary career in the police force, rising to District Superintendent and even acting in the Commission position, I was told. He retired for several years before meeting Judith, but his life changed once this couple got together. They built a beautiful home together in Toowong, their base, and had many dinner parties, which we all enjoyed. Then their life needed more, so they brought a dog, Neisha, a black poodle, into their life. But that was not enough. They then got a white poodle, Bianca. Nothing was done in small ways with this dynamic couple.


Rob was a loving Granddad.




Anna and I have many memories of our social occasions with Rob and Judith. They were always enjoyable, and we will never forget being greeted by Rob hanging over the balcony with a big smile and a smart, witty comment. On one occasion, when we said we were invited over on Sunday, he said, " Don't forget to bring a cheesecake". So, of course, we turned up a big cheesecake, and so did someone else who was told the same thing. Judith was not happy. Unknown to us, Judith was restricting their sweet intake, and Rob had a sweet withdrawal period. All Rob could do was smile at Judith. He did enjoy his cheesecakes for the next few days.


On occasion, at the German Club


Rob and Judith were always there to support the initiatives at AAH. They never missed an event, only if they were away. I will never forget after one of our dance sessions and sitting down for some lunch, Rob said, "Barry, I'm not sure where you got the idea for this, but this is fantastic what you are doing". He was always there to support AAH. He will be missed.


On the Walks of Discovery


At the Dancing with Gregory Classes


At our Social Events




We will not forget you, Rob. You have demonstrated to us all how a change in your life can change things for all of us. You came into our lives and enriched many of our lives, not just Judith's. You made friends with members who attended events you had never met before. Your influence continues further because we all know that life has an end; make sure you make every day count. We will miss your smiling face. We will be there for your beloved Jude.


I believe Rob requires an AAH wake to remember him. What do you think?


LIFE IS TO BE LIVED EVERY DAY AT A TIME; TOMORROW MAY NOT BE THERE.


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Michelle Hiller
Michelle Hiller
29. März 2023

Such a lovely man who brought so much joy to everyone at dancing every week 💔

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Paul Graham
Paul Graham
29. März 2023

Yes also very well said Barry. I would also be honoured to celebrate his wonderful life.

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Sue Lettmann
Sue Lettmann
29. März 2023

Well said Barry - you and Anna were fortunate to have Rob as a best friend. You will miss him greatly and I would be honoured to celebrate his life with AAH members.

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Sue Lettmann
Sue Lettmann
29. März 2023

Thank you Barry for finding that photo or video screen shot . We will miss Rob enormously 😥

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