LOVED DAD: Robert Gellialty died earlier this month.
LOVED DAD: Robert Gellialty died earlier this month. Contributed

Former Times journalist fondly remembered

ROBERT Gellatly has been remembered as a quick witted, funny and charismatic man with a passion for cars and an avid music fan.

Robert, 64, died last Monday, February 13, at Gold Coast Hospital.

Robert worked as a journalist at many publications across Queensland during his career including the South Burnett Times from 2003 to 2005.

He specialised as a motoring journalist and was test riding a motorcycle when he had an accident in 2005 that made him a paraplegic.

He continued to work and live in Kingaroy after the accident before moving back to the coast.

Robert was born in 1952 in Birmingham, UK, and came to Australia by boat in the 1960s.

His family settled in Warwick and Stanthorpe with his two brothers, Chris and Paul.

Robert was an unlucky man. His bad luck started after he was involved in a car crash where he died on the operating table, but was revived. He sustained horrific injuries but managed to pull through.

Robert married and had two children, Sarah and Scott.

Daughter Sarah Weston said she was 17 when her mum and dad separated.

"At the same time he was made redundant from his job, lost his house and his wife moved overseas. He then moved in with his 70- year-old parents. He hit rock bottom and became quite depressed. The funny man blew a funny fuse," she said.

"A few years later he met a lady, they bought a house and he started doing what he loved and started his new career as a motoring journalist for The South Burnett times."

Sarah said her dad had the gift of the gab, and that when he met people, he always knew exactly what to say.

"We want to honour him, he was an unlucky guy, he died twice in his life, people loved him, he had an infectious personality he could be very cheeky," she said.

Robert had two grand-daughters, Macy and Ellie Weston.

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