Veteran Radio Announcer and entertainer Bob Horsfall has passed away in Melbourne.
In an entertainment career that began in the 1930s and continued right up until his passing, Bob worked at many stations in Victoria and NSW. In recent years he had a shift on Golden Days Radio
Golden Days Radio manager Alex Hehr said:
“I have just learned that our much loved Bob Horsfall OAM passed away this morning at the Caulfield Hospital. As most of you know Bob had been battling cancer for some time, and he finally lost the battle.
“I had a brief chat with Bob yesterday around lunchtime. At least he got to his 90th birthday doing what he liked on air, entertaining his listeners. A Legend lost. R.I.P. my dear friend.”
Bob Horsfall’s funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2.30pm at WD Rose Funeral Home Nepean Hwy East Brighton.
Bob began entertaining in 1936 at the Tivoli Theatre as a child acrobatic dancer. He was the Australian Tap Dancing champion for 18 years.
His radio career saw him at the microphone at 3KZ, Radio 2UE Sydney, 3AW, 3UZ and community station 88.3 for 14 years then he moved to Golden Days Radio.
He appeared on many television shows including In Melbourne Tonight, BP Super Shows with Bob Dyer and was a vocalist with the Tune Twisters which was formed in 1944. He toured extensively with J.C. Williamsons stage productions with performers such as Frank Sinatra, Frankie Laine, Buddy Rich, and Mel Torme, Johnnie Ray, Peter Dawson, Bob Hope, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
As well as acting in 12 films, Bob also appeared in popular TV shows such as Blue Heelers, Homicide, Prisoner, Power Without Glory, Division 4, Neighbours, Bellbird, Matlock Police and Ramsay.
Bob received an Order of Australia Medal in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours for service to the Australian entertainment industry as an actor, radio presenter and musician.
This three part interview with Alex Hehr was recorded in 2001.