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Robert (“Bob”) Bramwell Reeks – Passed away 12 October 2015 – Aged 92 years

07 Dec 15
Peter Bull

Much loved husband of Ruth. Cherished father of Julie, Geoffrey, Bill, Matt (dec’d) and Kaylie.

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life for BOB was held in the Chapel of Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Cessnock Road, Ryhope on MONDAY (October 19th) commencing at 10:00 am


Tim Jensen has come across this funeral notice in the Sydney Morning Herald on Oct 17 but was unsure as to whether this was the same Bob Reeks that worked in the Coast Radio section in 1970 when Bob was about 45.

At the time Bob was working in the ANZ building Martin Place with Ray Hookway, Gordon Webster, and others.


  1. Peter Bull December 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Ray Hookway recalls that Bob’s second name was Bramwell. Certainly Bob’s wife’s name was Ruth. It would seem that this is the death notice of the Bob Reeks who worked for OTC.

  2. Peter Bull December 7, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I arrived in Sydney late 1959 as one of the first Technical Officers (in Spring St.) and worked with Bob. I was mainly on projects for Coastal Radio and some work at Doonside. I also remember Ray Hookway.
    After I left OTC some years later Bob and I kept in touch for quite while and often had lunch together.
    I can recall seeing him in another city building when communications shifted to computers. Bob retired shortly after that and I lost track of him. I think Bob was a couple of years older than me which would make him around 85.
    Bob was a good friend during those years and I too would be interested to learn if this notice referred to him.
    Denis Pickwell

  3. Peter Bull December 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I used to sit next to Bob in 10th Martin Place in the 70’s.
    Bob was an original AWA man and in the CRS he was the HQ man who looked after HF Regulatory matters and ordered all the crystals for the CRS transmitters etc.
    Bob also worked in the city during WWII and used to travel by steam train from Campbeltown.
    The description sounds like Bob. I was going to ask around on Tuesday whether anyone knew if he was still around. I don’t believe he attended any Vet functions.
    Suggest you contact Ray Hookway who also worked very closely with Bob and would have known him in AWA days. Also possibly Trevor Thatcher who sat on the next desk on the 10th but was in Cable Ops.
    I worked in the CRS and HF Radio from 1966 to the late 70s at Bringelly, La Perouse, Darwin and then HO before moving into Satellites Ops and later on Engineering Branch.
    Ron Lukin

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