Vale Bob Segrave
It is with great sadness that we inform the Trober community of the passing of Bob Segrave on Monday morning 17th January, 2022.
Former LTUFC Secretary Jim ‘Snout’ McMillan wrote in No Ordinary Football Club, the history book published in 2017 to commemorate the Club’s 50th anniversary:
“Our first President was as much saint as patron. Bob performed his day job at the University as Publications and Information Officer with great distinction and steered the footy club with a gentle and avuncular hand. He rarely lost his temper but, if righteously provoked, he could go off with a booming voice and a rapier wit”.
Club Poet Laureate Craig Nelson contributed the following for our beloved Bob:
“Bob was La Trobe’s chief elder, first coach and first President. An immortal club stalwart, he was also a mentor to many. La Trobe’s most prestigious annual award is named in his honour (The Bob Segrave Award) and presented to a person who has provided the Club with outstanding service, on or off the field, over a significant period”.
“When he left La Trobe, Bob and his wife Suzy were spectacular hosts at their restaurant. I particularly remember a practice match between the Blacks and Reds in which Bob, making up the numbers, charged at the ball with a pipe in his mouth. Even in those pre-OH&S days, I thought that seemed dangerous! Not that anyone would get burnt, although that was a possibility, but that the pipe would get rammed down his throat!”
Bob’s daughter Robin Krabbe wrote:
“Dad wanted to thank you all for being such great friends. He was here with me, my husband and son for his last few months in Tasmania and will be buried on our property this Thursday. He didn’t want any flowers or any fuss made whatsoever!”
As the founding ‘father’ of the La Trobe University Football Club, Bob had a profound influence on a generation of players, many of whom went on to become leaders of industry, commerce, education and politics. He may now be gone, but he will never be forgotten! Our beloved Bob.
On behalf of the wider La Trobe family, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Bob’s daughter Robin and family members.
Bob Segrave (6/5/1935 – 17/1/2022)
The Club’s final function of 2022 and a fitting way to celebrate our successful season!
Senior Men are PREMIERS after a massive final quarter effort – coming from 17 points down to storm home and win by 15 points. The Reserve Men take it right up to Albert Park but fall just 8 points short.