Wade Noonan: Bob Pearman ‘loved his community, and his community loved him’


State Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan payed tribute to Robert (Bob) Pearman who last week passed away peacefully in his sleep, describing him as ‘one of Williamstown’s most loyal and committed servants’ at the Victorian Parliament on Wednesday.

“Most of Williamstown would be familiar with Bob’s smiling presence at local sporting events, but what many would be unfamiliar with are the decades of dedication Bob poured into his beloved community,” Mr Noonan said.

Describing him as a ‘fiercely loyal clubman,’ Wade Noonan introduced Bob Pearman to the Victorian Parliament as a proud member of the Williamstown Football Club for almost half a century, as well as an office-bearer for the Williamstown RSL.

Wade Noonan reflects on the late Bob Pearson, a life member of the Williamstown Football Club and Williamstown RSL.

“Bob laced up the boots and played wherever his club needed him. His dedication to the club saw him immortalised as a life member. Bob was also a strong supporter of our local veterans’ community,” Mr Noonan said.

“After the Williamstown RSL was forced to close its doors, Bob was among a core group of people who rallied together to ensure that a dawn service continued to occur on Anzac Day. Until his passing, Bob was working to revive an RSL presence in Williamstown.”

“I was proud to work with him in this capacity. Above all, Bob was a friendly, loyal and decent man. As much as anyone could, Bob loved his community, and his community certainly loved him. Vale, Bob Pearman.”

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