Saddened to hear of the death of Bob Mackie, charter member of Katherine Rotary Club

7 July 2020

Today we were saddened to hear of the death of Bob Mackie. Bob was born in Scotland and served in the British RAF and  in Aden and Libya in his role as airfield construction before emigrating to Australia.

Bob was the lynchpin of the Rotary club of Katherine for 35 years and one of the charter members bringing the club into existence in 1977.  Although not a member of Rotary, Edith Mackie worked tirelessly behind the scenes and supported Bob in everything that he did.

His tireless work resulted in so many projects that are popular today including the establishment of the Katherine Rotary Park. Bob and the members at the time raised substantial funds as well as enormous good will  from business.

Bob is responsible for the Garden Museums amongst so many projects too numerous to name.

Who can forget Bob's bright and cheery presence at so many fun-raising BBQs for Rotary.

And Bob was instrumental in bringing Work for the Dole schemes that helped young people gain new skills. He was a finalist in the Prime Minister's Work for the Dole Achievement Awards.

He was Santa at the Shopping Centre and after the Katherine Flood, Rotarians including Bob and Edith, Don and Shirley Smith achieved prominence for their good work.

Katherine Times has run a story -

In later years Bob turned hos considerable skills into making furniture from pallets. He made some substantial tables that can be found at the Food ladder and the Rotary Food Hall at the Showground.

Postal address: Rotary Club of Katherine, PO Box 564, Katherine, NT 0851