Robert David Edgar – 16 July 1962 to 10 March 2017
Indooroopilly Canoe Club member Robert Edgar died unexpectedly in Currumbin Creek last Friday 10th March 2017. He was 54.
Rob started paddling in his early teens as a member of the Wynnum District Canoe Club. He later joined the North West CC in Mount Isa and the Indooroopilly CC.
He was a competent competitor in Sprint, Whitewater, Canoe Polo and Ocean Racing, however Marathon Canoeing became his passion.
Rob married Sarah, his soul mate, in 1991.
His mother, Dorothy, drove thousands of kilometres in “that van” to support and encourage him, along with his brother Duncan and sister Heather in their chosen sport.
He raced on many waterways in Australia and overseas – The Gregory, Fitzroy, Burrum, Mary, Noosa, Maroochy, Pine, Brisbane, Coomera, Hawkesbury, Nepean and Yarra Rivers; Cabbage Tree, Tingalpa and Currumbin Creeks; Emerald Dam, Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay.
He competed in National Championships and took on the 400 km Murray River Marathon many times in many classes, often with his sister Heather.
In 1988, with Chris Barnett, also from ICC, he competed in the first ever World Marathon Championships at Nottingham – they brought home bronze.
He was a fierce competitor and an all round good bloke.
Robbie’s Funeral will be held at Centenary Memorial Gardens, Wacol Station Road, Sumner on Tuesday 21st March at 2.00 pm. If you wish to attend please do not dress up – no suits or ties, high heels or stockings.
Bring a paddle for the Guard of Honour.