Bob Francis sent off with 60s hits

Bob Francis was sent off in the same loud colourful way he lived his life.

His coffin was covered with colourful 45 records and a golden microphone, and mourners were treated to a selection of his favourite 60s hits.

The Adelaide broadcaster passed away suddenly but peacefully at his home earlier this month, aged 77.

The service was attended by such large crowds that two chapels and the foyer had to be used for the formalities. Peter Goers was in the main (Heysen) chapel where the live service was held, with Michael Atkinson and Tony Zappia in the other (Florey) chapel.

Keith Conlon was MC, and speakers included Ray Francis speaking for the family, then a range of other speakers from his professional life. Music promoter Ron Tremain remembered Bob’s activities to get the Beatles to Adelaide, and was followed by Barry Ion, Anne Willsy Willis, poet Nan Witcomb, Today Tonight’s Frank Pangallo and Adelaide Senator Nick Xenophon.

Senator Xenophon recalled how Bob Francis brought the Beatles to Adelaide and Anne ‘Willsy’ Wills remembered: “He taught me to say word ‘F***’… and I love you (to people).”

His send off was adorned with a banner reflecting his ‘colourful’ turn of phrase.