The number of people who we come across in our existence, and who leave a life long indelible mark on our lives, would be lucky to cover all of our fingers and toes.
For me one such person was Rob Waller, who has passed away at the age of 74.
If your were able to model your life on someone else’s example, Rob Waller would be your man.
He was the Gentleman’s Gentleman, but I am not sure he was aware of the defining impression he made on so many people’s lives.
Rob was born in Sydney and went through primary school at Berry.
Secondary school was at the highly acclaimed Fort Street Boys High in Sydney.
While Rob was proud to be selected to attend such an elite school, because of bullying, it wasn’t the happiest time of his life.
After leaving school Rob became a trainee accountant with Qantas.
However it was as an electronics engineer with the Christian Broadacsting Asociation that Rob really found his niche .
He later moved to Wollongong’s WIN TV and married his life long soul mate Ruth, in 1969.
Part of the WIN TV job included a two year stint as on site engineer at the cold, windy and isolated Knight’s Hill transmitter complex near Robertson.
In the early 70’s Rob became the engineer responsible for the fitting out of the Radio 2ST studios at North Nowra.
At various stages he was not only the Chief Engineer, but also station manager and news editor.
At one stage he held down all three jobs at the same time.
In the early 80’s Rob left 2ST and installed stereo equipment at many AM radio stations across Australia.
Rob and Ruth then opened the Tandy electronics store in Nowra, and we’re proud as punch to the named the national dealer of the year.
They also operated Sight and Sound Electronics at North Nowra.
Rob’s final gig was with Shoalhaven City Council, where he looked after communications for 14 years.
For so many in the radio, TV and communications industries Rob Waller was the ‘ go to man’ when it came to fixing technical problems, which defied solution.
Rob is survived by his wife Ruth and sons Cam and Scott.
His funeral service will be held at 2PM this Saturday ( May 19 ) at the Uniting Church in Berry.