Robert Ian “Bob” Oatley AO, BEM 11 June 1928 – 10 January 2016
A statement from the Oatley family following the passing of Bob Oatley yesterday.
It is with profound sadness the Oatley family announces the passing of Robert Ian Oatley, AO, BEM.
Known affectionately to all as Bob, he was a proud and passionate Australian recognised for his outstanding contributions to the Australian wine, tourism, coffee, sailing and thoroughbred horse industries. Bob was also well-recognised as a philanthropist who supported Australian Olympic activities, medical research and the arts.
Bob is survived by his wife Valerie, his three children, Sandy, Ian and Ros Oatley, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
The Oatley family has been touched by the many kind words and tributes that have already been received from friends, colleagues and the wider Australian community. They thank everyone for their love and condolences.
* A private funeral will be held.