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Anthony (Tony) Roberts
No 22 RAAF Armament Fitters Course

2nd June 2009


Anthony "Tony" Roberts passed away last week.
He was on 35 Arm Mechs and 22 Arm Fitters courses. Tony suffered a stroke or cerebral heamorrhage at home last Tuesday morning 2nd June 2009.
His funeral will be held in the Chapel of St. Patrick's of Nulkaba, Cessnock, this Tuesday 9th June 2009 commencing at 13.00.
Condolences can be sent to his wife, Iris, at 47 Maclean Street Cessnock NSW 2325, phone 02 4991 1001.
Funeral Notice as per newspaper below..........

Saturday June 6, 2009, The Newcastle Herald


Relatives and Friends of IRIS ROBERTS, SIMON and KRYSTAL ROBERTS, MELANIE and PETER QUAAS, ZOE and BRODIE, KAITLYN, ALANNAH and ELISE and the ROBERTS FAMILIES are warmly invited to attend the Funeral Service for their dearly loved husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle

Aged 69 Years
Late of Cessnock

to be held in the Chapel of St. Patrick's of Nulkaba this TUESDAY June 9th, 2009 commencing at 1pm.




I met Tony at Wagga when we commenced 35 mechs course in 1958 where we became very good friends. On completion of the course he was posted to 10 Sqn Townsville and I was posted to Darwin/Snake Creek.

We both returned to Wagga for 22 fitter’s course and on finishing we were posted to 481 Sqn Williamtown. In 1962, along with Jim Riches, we were attached to Darwin to help remove all the ordinance from Snake Creek and relocate it at Frances Bay, which took several months. While at Williamtown he met Iris and they were married in 1963. I had the pleasure of being his best man at the wedding.

We were both posted to Butterworth in 1963. Tony did two trips to Ubon and after that I lost contact with him. I believe he was posted to Kingswood at some time He took his discharge in 1972 after completing 12 years service, and returned to Newcastle to live.

He spent about four years at Newcastle then moved back to Brisbane for about 20 years only to return to Cessnock to live. He joined Cessnock RSL Sub Branch and took on the office of Welfare Officer. Also, he was involved with Cessnock airport where he learned to fly. He retired from his employment with Burwell Abrasive Blasting Equipment in 2004.

I will always have very fond memories of my good mate, Tony.
Greg Gannon

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