Vale – Bob ‘Pako’ Paxton
Bob ‘Pako’ Paxton
Bob passed away on 26 October 2014 aged 73 years and was suitably farewelled by his family and a myriad of friends.
A Northern Sydney Men of League Member, a Pratten Park Magpies stalwart and a Wests man through and through, “Pako” provided great service to his beloved Magpies over a considerable period. He was a long serving tireless Wests Committee Member, occasional ground announcer at both Lidcombe Oval and Orana Park and a promotions officer. His on-ground halftime entertainment schemes, particularly at Lidcombe Oval were always innovative, entertaining and included ride-on Victa mower races, nearest the pin golf, boxing exhibitions and sports car displays. Along with Bill Owens and Graham McNeice he was part of a production team that put together Wests’ successful late 1970’s performances on television’s Rugby League New Faces including The Village People parodies and “Deep in the Heart of Lidcombe”.
Bob was a larger than life character who accomplished so much in his working life. He took on and succeeded in an amazing number of fields including but not limited to panel beating,music and entertainment, journalism, broadcasting, real estate sales, house painting and working as a relief publican. His “off the field” leisure pursuits were equally diverse, ranging from many years of boating at the Royal Motor Yacht Club at Newport, to cricket, touch football and golf at the Palm Beach Golf Club.
A life well lived,”Pako” will be sadly missed by his wife Gai, his two daughters and their spouses, his four granddaughters and his many friends.