The Dunolly and Central Goldfields Shire community are mourning the loss of former councillor and much-loved community member, Bob Henderson.
Bob passed away last month after struggling with illness, but the passion and love he had for his community lives on in the memory of those who knew him.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Bob was a train driver for 27 years, living and working in the city, Ballarat and briefly in Murtoa before moving to Goldsborough near Dunolly with his family in 1982.
His wife of nearly 50 years, Shane Henderson, said her husband immediately fell in love with the Dunolly community and the couple’s property.
“We moved up to Goldsborough to help my mother with my stepfather who had really bad arthritis, and if not for that we would probably still be in Melbourne,” she said.
“Bob loved this area, he loved this house and being able to go out into the bush and he quickly got involved in the community.”
Bob was on the Shire of Bet Bet council for around four years, including a one-year stint as shire president, before the shire was merged into the Central Goldfields Shire in 1995.
After suffering a serious heart attack followed by quadruple bypass surgery in 2000, Bob got back into the local council business in 2013 when he was elected as councillor for the Flynn ward.
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