Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cancer Couldn't Faze Bob My Uncle

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Cancer Couldn't Faze Bob My Uncle

Article excerpt

THEY buried my Uncle Bob a few weeks ago.

He was the subject of a column a while back; Bob's your uncle, the ex-shearer, who worked hard and played even harder for the past 72 years.

He was the happy alcoholic who smoked like a chimney, while battling cancer and generally ignoring much of the advice given to him by the medical profession over the last few years.

Despite that, his cheekiness, humour and constant generosity inspired those around him.

The end came in comfortably ordinary circumstances, which is just the way he wanted it really.

He had gone to the fridge to get a drink it seems, to clear the constant niggle in his throat.

That's where his mate Mick found him when he called in with the morning papers like he did every day.

And so Bob achieved another one of his aims in life, which was to die at home in familiar surroundings with a total lack of fuss. In that way he effected some measure of control over the ultimately uncontrollable cancer. …

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