19 September, 1945 – 16 September, 2021> FUNERAL DETAILS
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24/09/21View MessageHey Robert. I sent a video message a couple of days ago but can’t find it here so wanted to make sure my love and thoughts reached you in case something has gone wrong with the video? I want to thank you for the man that you were in my life. I want to make sure you know how much I appreciated your kindness, generosity and wisdom. I want to acknowledge your patience. You taught me so much about this and I’m still learning. :-) I don’t know ANY man who was more patient than you Rob. I thank you for the lessons in this. When you showed interest in Jack I couldn’t have thought of a more perfect match for him in all the people I know. You gave him the best years of his life. Thank you and I know he will miss you but I also know dogs are much better than us humans at living in the moment and that he will be very happy under the love and care of Vince now. I’m happy you are at peace and I’m so sorry that when I came to visit you that last time I didn’t get to tell you all this in person or to say goodbye properly. Thank you for who you were for Mum and Ricky too. ❤️ always Michelle xxx Read more
24/09/21View MessageDear Robert, thank you for the fond memories of whiling away the hours in Experimental Engineering at Holden, talking music, FOCUS programs and random stuff. I was always impressed by your ability to find anything instantly on your desk that was piled high with assorted papers and gadgets. My deepest sympathy to your family. Read more
Olivera & Michael Ristovski, Vipul & Lima Singh, Scott & CathyPatten22/09/21View MessageTo our great friend Robert Van Den Enden, Where do you start? Whilst enduring our journey at General Motors Holden, we all met and quickly grew to respect Robert. That was going to be one of the best life experiences we could ever have hoped for. We all experienced his passions for his music and the studio, his youthful endeavours, his cars (owned, pre-owned and would like to own), his technical skills, his life experiences and his family. Oh, did I forget to mention his love of food and flavours. Rob would tell us of the after-midnight jam sessions at the music studio (he and Vince had constructed over the years). I remember discussions about the sound absorption techniques he was using and how old equipment from the office was repurposed from the pending garbage pile to begin a new life on top of the consoles. Rob would bring in demonstrations of CD’s, or the music created for the possible Eurovision contestants, that the talented music people would create. Rob also showed many people how to get the music off their CDs or DVDs to create volumes of data for our own self enjoyment. Rob would always share his knowledge and skills to those he knew. Rob was the go-to person if you needed to know anything technical. But if he didn’t know about it, he would have the details the next day. His passion about discovering and learning how hard, yet how simple it was to put a new headlight into an old SAAB or to fix a broken light in the dash allowed many of us to undertake such journeys. These usually ended up, us getting the advice from Rob on how to fix it. Rob would take on new fields of expertise even in the later years. Nothing was going to stop him; he was going to become a subject matter expert at everything he put his mind towards. Rob would take us on his journeys through the Netherlands and his hometown, even to the street and house he grew up in or lived at or to the tobacco shop he was frequently sent to pick up supplies. He would recollect his old adventures in the army doing his military service (if somewhat reluctantly). He would describe his adventures traveling on his bike across townships to get to where the Formula 1 car racing was occurring. Rob loved talking about his family, his children, grand-children, and the dogs (Brody and Jack). Rob was an old romantic, loved the different types of music genre, reading different things but most of all he loved to continue to learn. Rob was an engineer’s engineer. Something could always be improved and if it couldn’t then perhaps it should be. Rob loved his various restaurants and was very proud when he would bring us to some cave in some arcade somewhere and we would never be disappointed. It would be a next go to restaurant until the next one he found. But most all to our Rob, Robbie, Robert, Roberto, Bobby, Rob Never-ending, you were and will always be our friend, confidant, mate, listener, advisor, but most of all, a no BS, a truly genuine bloke. Your smiling face, funny laugh, weird sense of humour may be gone from our eyes and ears forever but will forever remain in our hearts. Farewell our friend. Olivera & Michael Ristovski, Vipul & Lima Singh, Scott & Cathy Patten, and the many friends you have at Holden, Hewlett Packard, and EDS Read more
21/09/21View MessageFirstly we would like to send our sincere condolences to you Trish , Mark, Robert and your families. For the lost of a beautiful man, father and friend. As we all know that in our lifetime many people come in and out of our lives some leave impression that stays with you always. That was Robert to our family as he was always willing to help when ever you needed him. We are so glad that we got to meet up with Robert early this year for a meal with my siblings at our home, as to see his face light up when he saw us all together again it was priceless. I'm sure you will be busy tinkling where your journey takes you next. Bye Robert till we meet again. Love Jane and John Read more
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