Robert Clement (Bob) O'Dowda

07 Feb 1941 - 29 Oct 2020

Peacefully with his loving family by his side at Riverside Rest Home on Thursday, 29 October 2020 aged 79. Treasured husband of Jan. Cherished father and father-in-law of Karl & Mandy, Matt & Karlene, and Sarah & Shane. Adored Grandad Bob of Hannah, Holly, Jasmine, Evie and Charlie; Grace and Liv; Henry and Alice.

Great husband, great dad, great mate. Will be sadly missed.

Messages to the O’Dowda Family may be left on Bob’s tribute page at . 

A service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held at Eagars Te Henui Chapel, 174 Lemon street, New Plymouth on Monday 2 November 2020 at 10am, followed by a private cremation. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Alzheimers Taranaki.


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Dear Aunty Jan, Karl, Matt and Sarah,
Our deepest condolences on the loss of Uncle Bob. He was such a caring and beautiful man, and I was so fortunate to have him as my Uncle. Thank you for sharing the funeral online, it was a lovely service and you did him proud.
Love Jane, Steve, Maddy, Natalie and Alex

Jane Alsweiler ( 08 Nov 2020 )

On behalf of the Kawaroa Park squash club our sincere condolences to Jan and family on thier loss.
Bob was a long time member of the squash club, joining in the early 70's and actively playing competition and social squash for more than 30 year's. He was well liked and respected in the club and formed some wonderful long lasting freindships .
He will be missed and those that knew him well will regale us with stories of his time at the squash club for many years to come.

Kawaroa Park squash club ( 07 Nov 2020 )

Jan, Karl, Matt, Sarah & Family,
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Bob, you were a true gentleman and it was great to work along side you at Bob O'Dowda Menswear on Devon Street. you were a stawart of Devon Street, the Mayor some would say! And a handshake that would crush the strongest of hands. You were missed the day you retired from Devon Street leaving us to spend time with your family..

Paul & Kim Scouller

Paul & Kim Scouller ( 05 Nov 2020 )

Hi Jan, Karl, Matt and Sarah (and rest of family)

I was so sad to hear when talking to mum today, of Bob's passing. What a great guy Bob was!! I cherish the great memories I have of our great weekly chats on Devon Street, when I was popping down to the Post Office. He just made everyone feel so special and adored. Lots of love to you all at this time. Mum said that you gave him a wonderful send off as he truly deserved. A truly fine, one in a million, gentleman.
Love you Bob - Arohanui - from Murray and Jane xxxx

Jane and Murray Lineham ( 04 Nov 2020 )

Our sincere condolences to your family. A lovely man, RIP.

Fiona, Vaughan and Jeremy Watson

Fiona Watson ( 04 Nov 2020 )

I will always cherish the Christmas memories as child with Uncle Bob and the O'dowda's in New Plymouth. A great man. My thoughts are with you all.

Richard Alsweiler ( 04 Nov 2020 )

Our thoughts are with you all.

Ray and Gaille Hopkinson ( 03 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan and Family, Our memories date back to Tukapa days and this wonderful cheerful man helping our boys with their school ball suits. Bob always knew exactly what they needed - even if they didnt. Our sincere condolences to you all. A true gentleman with an infectious smile remembered dearly. warmest regards, Gary & Julie Owen and Family.

Julie Owen ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan & Family

We are thinking of you with sympathy at this sad time for you all

Kind regards Janet & John Law

Janet & John Law ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Sincere sympathy at your lost. Kindest Regards. Pat & Shirley

Pat & Shirley Scott ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Hi Jan and Family:Very fond memories of the Kingsway days and the general sporting scene. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to you all.
Don and Neil Penwarden

Don Penwarden ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan and the O'Dowda family so sorry to hear that you have lost Bob our love and thoughts are with you all at this time.

Pat and the Boulton family

Pat Boulton ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Our sincere condolances on the loss of Bob, a truly wonderful man.
Love to you all.

Kevin, Sheryl, Wendy Jones and Family ( 02 Nov 2020 )

My thoughts are with you on the sad loss of bob. Great memories of the 1960's Tukapa senior team.
Jan Doherty

Gavin Doherty ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan and Family,

So sorry for your loss of this wonderful man. We remember Bob for his warm and friendly disposition and his easy and cheerful smile.

With love to you all,
Nigel and Beryl Hayton

Nigel and Beryl Hayton ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Thinking of you Jan and your family! It was great to have met you Jan under very sad and trying circumstances. Although it was the friendships we formed that helped us all get through and we do miss those times we all shared. Our thoughts are with you all today! Evelyn Allen and Julie Eichstaedt (Ross Allens family)

Julie Eichstaedt ( 02 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan and Family,thinking of you all at this incerdibly sad time.
Bob was one in a million,so kind and generous.
Rest in peace dear Bob you will always be in my thoughts and never forgotten.
Pat Collins

Pat Collins ( 01 Nov 2020 )

sending much love to our O'Dowda family. xx
We would have liked to have been able to be there tomorrow to support you all and celebrate Bob.
We are thinking of you all and sending all our love.
Mandy, Holly, Jass xxx

Mandy Scott ( 01 Nov 2020 )

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. he was a good friend and workmate.

Jude ( 01 Nov 2020 )

Dear Jan and family, so sad to read about the passing Bobbie. Great Tukapa man and a lovely man.Dawn and Robert would have been devastated had they been alive as you were part of their wedding with me. At least he is at peace now. May God give you strength over the next few months and years. with much love, Glenda and Bruce Gardiner.

Glenda Gardiner nee Cavaney ( 01 Nov 2020 )

Our thoughts are with Jan and Bob's family at this sad time. Bob was a great neighbour for many years and was very kind to our boys, even taking off his own tie to give to one of them to wear to a school ball. He will be fondly remembered.
Cath, Shane, Scott, Finn and Sean Parker

Cath and Shane Parker ( 01 Nov 2020 )

My deepest sympathy Jan, Sarah and family. I remember Bob greeting me outside the shop one day when he realised that we shared the same birthday. He 'coerced' me into divulging my birth year and then decided that from then on, we would both be my age going forward, that way he could claim another 9 years! Such a lovely man, genuine and a special Dad and husband. Jan

Jan Mason ( 01 Nov 2020 )

Fond memories of Bob as a great neighbour in George Street. He always had time for people, especially kids. Remember Bob encouraging Alan into the swimming pool, good times. Won't be forgotten. Kind regards O'Dowda family from the Malcolm family.

Maree ( 01 Nov 2020 )

sending our thoughts and love to you all
Norm and Lyn Scott

Liz Scott ( 01 Nov 2020 )

My thoughts are with you at this time. I have great memories of Uncle Bob from my childhood. Rest easy

Scott Alsweiler ( 01 Nov 2020 )

Our deepest sympathy at the loss of your beloved Robert
We are devastated that we cannot be with you to farewell Bob and celebrate his wonderful life and many achievements.
Bob will be remembered by all who knew him , as a gentleman loyal friend, and a great team mate.
our thoughts love and prayers are with you all at this sad time
"Shrubs" and Betty Scherp

Betty and Allan Scherp ( 31 Oct 2020 )

Deepest sympathy on the sad loss of thoughts are with you all
lots love

Margaret Briscoe ( 31 Oct 2020 )

We remember Bob as a great team mate and player. Remembered with a laugh for telling Alan to manage the shop while he nipped out, and rewarded him with some Christmas cake. Not bad for an old farmer by his old colleague in his men’s wear shop. Love his memory

Alan and Chris Smith ( 31 Oct 2020 )