Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Cycling Identity Farewelled

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Cycling Identity Farewelled

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THE sudden death last week of Grafton cycling identity Bob 'Jacko' Jackson is nothing short of a tragedy and the community is still reeling from the shock.

The 68-year-old great grandfather was killed on Friday after a collison with a car during his regular morning ride along the Summerland Way in Koolkhan.

His daughter, Rosemary, and son, Chris, yesterday told The Daily Examiner about their father's love of everything cycling, motorsport and, of course, family.

Bob was born, schooled and raised in Grafton, which was where he met and later married Margaret (nee Cox) in 1959.

The couple had four children, Susan, Judy, Rosemary and Chris, and went on to have eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Bob's wife Margaret described the couple's early romance at a local dance when she was 15:

"He was putting his Brylcreem on and he said to his mother 'I'm going to marry that girl' ... and he didn't even know who I was," Margaret remembered.

Bob was well known in his later years for working the Australia Post parcel run with his son Chris, but he also did the South Grafton bread run out of Grafton's Queen Street Bakery for some years.

As well, he operated service stations in the area and worked as a cleaner at the Grafton City Bowling Club and the Grafton District Services Club.

Rosemary said her father retired just a few weeks before his death.

Bob's love of cycling began at the age of 14 when a mate asked him to join the Grafton Amateur Cycling Club.

"And he's been a member ever since," Rosemary said.

She said he competed in 23 Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classics over the years ... 'and he never finished one'.

"He did all the hard work and got to the top of the hill but he never made it past the waterfall," she said.

Rosemary said her father was a cycling mentor to many young riders in the area. …

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