Bob “Robert” Heaton

Bob “Robert” Heaton

of Dapto

Passed away peacefully on Thursday, 16th February 2023. Beloved husband of the late Gaye. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Shelley and Marno, Laurelle and Kane, Vanessa and Andrew. Cherished G’Dad of Jamii, Shaun, Codi, Amanda, Jessie, Harley, Abigail, Robert, Nathan, Andrew, Marcus and Great G’ Dad of Dakota, Nixon, Oakley, Orion, and Alaska. Loved brother and brother in law of Lois and Ken, Viv and Laurie, Robyn and Neville. Bob will be sadly missed by his loving family and many dear friends.

Aged 82 Years

In God’s Care

A life well lived


Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend Bob’s funeral service to be held at Rankins Funeral Home, 270 Cowper Street Warrawong on Thursday, 23rd February 2023 at 12noon.

Watch Livestream here
Service now available to stream

Funeral Details

Date & Time

12:00 pm, Thu 23 February 2023


Rankins Funeral Home, 270 Cowper St, Warrawong, New South Wales 2502, AU
View on Google Maps
Funeral Director


View profile

Share Notice


  1. Bob Heaton was always my Christian mentor through his life of dedication to Christ and his beloved Gaye and family. Though geographically separated Bob still spoke wisdom and compassion down through the decades as my friend and colleague from the golden years of the Lighthouse Christian Centre in Wollongong. As my friend and confidante Bob will never be forgotten.

  2. Black and no sugar. Bob liked it straight, as were his conversations in the staffroom of Mechanical Engineers in the “golden” years at Wollongong TAFE. He had the gift of asking the right questions, and ‘stirring the pot’. A gifted teacher, sax player & counsellor. Laughter was always the best medicine. Fond memories .. rip Bob Heaton.

  3. Sad to say I missed Bob’s funeral service by about a week. Bob was the kind of man who always remembered you. It would be about thirty years since I last saw Bob but Iam sure that, if ran into now, it would be as if our previous meeting was yesterday. I’m sure Bob would forgive me.
    My fondest memory of Bob was a time when he was playing rugby, he (all 5 ft plus of him),
    successfully tackled Harold Palmer (6 ft plus) and cheekily pressed the big fellow”s face into the dust as he stood up.

  4. A top bloke with true integrity. Bob was a “salt of the earth” kind of guy, with a heart for God and people.

  5. Bob was such a beautiful man with a big heart. Both he and Gaye were our pre-marriage counsellors over 14 years ago. He always had a big smile, a friendly word and had a kind, caring, fatherly nature. Played the saxophone like a champ. A truly exceptional man, loved God with all his heart. See you in glory Bob!

Leave a Tribute

Funeral Director