Vale Wing Commander Robert Macintosh AFC MiD OAM (Retd)
Wednesday 4 September, 2019
It is with great regret we advise that Wing Commander Robert (Bob) Macintosh AFC MiD OAM (Retd) passed away on Tuesday 3 September, 2019 at the Mary Potter Hospice, Calvary North Adelaide Hospital. Bob turned 90 on 12 March 2019.
The thoughts of the veteran community are with Bob’s family at this difficult time.
Wing Commander Macintosh served in the RAAF from 1951 to 1978. He was a Meteor pilot in Korea in 1953 and a helicopter pilot on the Thai/Malaya border in 1965/6 and in Vietnam 1966/7 where he was Mentioned in Dispatches.
On retirement from the RAAF Bob trained for the Uniting Church ministry and in 1985 was sent to Meekatharra WA as a “Flying Padre” with Frontier Services. He and his wife Jenny flew the church Cessna C182 serving an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres, or nearly half the size of SA. Bob retired (again) in 1994 and settled in Adelaide.
Bob was a tireless servant of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) SA Division, including service as President of its Mitcham Branch. He has worked as a Pension and Welfare Officer and as an Honorary Chaplain for numerous ceremonies and commemorative services.
Having served in theatres of war in Korea and Vietnam, Bob saw first-hand the effects military service has on those who serve and those who support them. He was a passionate advocate for the need to find solutions other than military conflict to the world’s problems as evidenced in an opinion piece he penned during the centenary of Anzac period titled ‘We must find a way to genuine and lasting peace’. Bob regularly made himself available to speak to community groups to promote understanding of the meaning and importance of military service.
Bob served on South Australia’s Veterans’ Advisory Council for three years from 2014 to 2016 where his common sense and passionate advocacy on behalf of the veteran community was greatly valued.
On 8 July 2015 Bob was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to the community, particularly through church and veterans’ organisations.
Bob was a true gentleman and the consummate professional.
Lest we forget
Bob’s funeral service will be held at Christ Church Uniting Church, 26 King William Road, Wayville, at 2:00pm on Monday 9th September 2019.