LIFE MEMBER BOB TORODE
Written by Ainslie Brittain
In September 2007, DECCA life member Bob Torode sadly passed away after
a long fight with cancer. He was a valued Club member and together with
his wife Joan, made a huge contribution to this club.
He joined DECCA in
2001 and soon settled in assisting with club projects such as the
construction of a large DCC display layout consisting of five modules
each 1200 x 600mm. When annual elections were held he made himself
available as a Committee person and in particular carried out the
function of magazine editor. Such was his enthusiasm and expertise for
the job that the magazine was soon lifted to greater heights and to a
standard that would be hard to beat.
When the then Club secretary suffered a very unfortunate accident that
resulted in him being unable to continue in that role, Bob convinced
his wife Joan to offer her expertise in carrying out the Secretarial
duties for a temporary period. Like most temporary appointments, she was
to be duly elected at the next AGM and was also a much appreciated Club
member. Bob was assisted by Joan when organizing functions such as the
Club Christmas dinners, sorting out the venue etc; which was a much
appreciated and enjoyable club social event.
During the period that the Club was looking for a suitable building to
conduct Club activities, Bob together with Joan, were instrumental in
suggesting and later securing the lease of the present Church hall used
by the Club. This has proved to be a wonderful place to carry out the
Club activities ranging from formal meetings, DCC workshops,
demonstrations to BBQ’s.
Bob was a keen modeller and put his skills to work such as fine tuning
the Club layout turntable and helping member Trevor Triplow with
the tram display including the working overhead trolley wire. He always
made himself available to assist with the setting up and operation of
the Club layout at exhibitions in addition to demonstrating with Graeme
the control of ‘G’ Gauge locomotives using DCC. He was always very keen
to pass on to others the benefits of using DCC to control and run model
Bob enjoying himself at the Noarlunga 2004
His own layout was housed in a dedicated room and he ran American and
some European outline, and DCC control of his layout was by NCE
equipment. He was looking forward to the day when he could fully
incorporate control via the computer using Railroad and Co software. Sadly this project was never completed.
" ofb Torode's home layout. Click on
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Aside from the hobby of model railroading he was a devoted family man
always seeming to have time to watch one or other of the grandkids
playing sports etc. He shared his love of animals with his wife
Joan, and in particular assisted with her involvement at the Monarto Zoo
complex. Monarto named a baby Lion after him in appreciation of
his volunteer help at the Zoo.
He is sadly missed around the Club rooms by members, not only for his
help and expertise that he was so willing to offer, but for his
friendship and genuine interest in all members.