Bob played football at Prahran Technical School. He began umpiring social matches in 1948 before moving to the VFL Reserve Grade between 1949 and 1951. Bob was promoted to the VFL senior panel in 1952 where he umpired until he retired in 1962. Bob umpired 22 senior VFL matches between 1954 and 1957. He also umpired 41 VFL second eighteen games, 155 VCFL matches including 12 grand finals. He umpired in 14 Tasmanian games including 1 grand final. Bob then moved to the VFA to umpire between 1963 until 1967. He became a member of the VFL appointments board between 1968 and 1969. Bob worked as a tribunal member for the Mornington Peninsula FL between 1984 and 2000.
Bob was a regular at our X umpire luncheons. He was always ready to lend a hand and prepared to offer a point of view. He cared about the people in umpiring.
Bob passed away on December 10 2018.