Robert Ian “Bob” Oatley AO, BEM
11 June 1928 – 10 January 2016
EIGHT BELLS: Some 500 people from across Australia and overseas were at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron yesterday to bid farewell to a remarkable man – legendary yachtsman, winemaker and all-round good bloke, Bob Oatley. It was my great honour to be MC for what was a wonderful celebration of an exceptional life. In fitting tribute, Bob’s eldest son, Sandy, rang out eight bells at the conclusion of the ceremony – a time-honoured signal that a sailor had completed his watch. (The image on the left shows Bob with his sons, Sandy & Ian, at one of the family’s prize possessions, Hamilton Island).
by Rob Mundle