Bob Downs.


Mister Bobdownsandkissmyarse (Bob Downs) was born on 17 April 1938, at Rose Street, Mile End to parents Dorothy and Cyril Downs.
Bob went to Thebarton Primary School and then to Thebby Tech in 1951 for 18 months before starting at the GPO as a Shit boy in October, 1953. He became an Apprentice Printer in April, 1954.
Bob was soon a popular member of the Machine Room and became great mates with Paul (Wingnut) Raby. After completing his apprenticeship Bob worked in the basement at KWR and moved to Netley with his fellow printers in 1974.
He married Nancy in 1962 at Saint Margaret’s Anglican Church, Woodville. Bob soon had a family home and two daughters Jennifer (aged 49) and Rachel (aged 46).
Both girls were born on 15 October but three years apart. Sadly, Nancy passed away in 2010. Bob has two grandchildren Sarah 16 and Benjamin 19.
Bob served as an Acting Leading Hand before taking over the Document Reproduction Unit at the Education Department, Flinders Street, Adelaide, a position he held for two years.
He then worked all over the metropolitan area in various DRU’s at City Cross Centre, Regency Park TAFE, Elizabeth TAFE, Wattle Park Teachers College, Parliament House, Housing Trust, Angas Street.
He finished up at Tea Tree Gully TAFE for two years before taking the VSP with 80 others in June, 1994.
By the time he retired Bob had almost 42 years service with the Department.
After retiring he drove the Community Bus for the Tea Tree Gully Council for 15 years.
Yes Bob. You are a Legend.
Rod Parham

3 thoughts on “Bob Downs.

  1. Congratulations Bob not only a Legend but all round great bloke
    You taught me not only Printing but some of life’s little lessons.
    Regards David Walker


  2. From Bob Downs
    Hi Rod and Alex,
    Thank you for last Friday to have me included into the group of Legends. A great honour. I will contact Di Chapman. Cheers


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