Gladstone's unsung hero, Bob Pailthorpe
A TRUE-blue character of Gladstone is Bob Pailthorpe. He is one of our fair city's unsung heroes.
He has lived in the city for more than 47 years and, in his 70s, has one of the biggest hearts a community can share.
Bob Pailthorpe would do anything for anyone.
I met Bobby when I worked for Zinc Radio in 2011.
He taught me everything I needed to know about promotions and setting up for outside broadcasts at events and and he is still helping out at 4CC and Gladstone Engineering Alliance.
He's my right-hand man when it comes to needing anything, from flashing lights, props, extra lighting, displaying signage over our Gladstone Observer marquee, repairing promotional equipment, small repairs around the office or outside the office.
I'm lucky to say he has become a very dear friend, as has his wife, Del.
Bob has helped many people and businesses in our community and has his hand up for anything that needs doing.
These are some examples of what he does:
School sports events, Anzac parades, Calliope markets, Mt Larcom Show, Old Station Fly in, Boyne Tannum HookUp, Relay for life, Gladstone Harbour Festival, Christmas carols and many other community events.
He has also brought smiles to thousands of people's faces during the more than 20 years he has been lighting up his house at Christmas time.
What would we do without him?
We are all very lucky to know and have "our Bobby" around.
You know that saying, "Who you gonna Call? Ghostbusters!"?
For everything he's helped me with so far, I thought it was time to pay forward.
On Sunday I decided to visit Del and Bobby and take them a card and him a box of his favourite beverage.
It was really nice spending some time with the both of them.
Cheryl Royal-Scott is The Gladstone Observer front counter classified and advertising co-ordinator. Cheryl is a keen volunteer and fundraiser and supports many community events, such as Relay for Life, in the region.