Vale: Bob Robey

Printing and graphic arts industry veteran Bob Robey has passed away, leaving behind family and friends.

Robey was a respected figure, particularly in Melbourne, where he led several companies including GAS, RS Robey & Associates, AG Markby, -The Typesetting Studio and Merging Images.

He was a pioneer in introducing print, prepress, and typesetting advances to the industry, and was dedicated to the growth and well-being of the broader industry and its associates.

He was also a lifetime member of the Printing Industry Association of Victoria, recognised for his contribution to the advancement of the industry. In addition, he was a committee member of GASA and a member of the Central Organising Committee of the Miss Graphic Arts.

Robey helped to establish successful and beneficial awards programs for the industry. He introduced the Work Skill Competition to the graphic arts industry and served as the chief national judge for Work Skill Australia for years.

He also led the way in establishing the National Print Awards, now in its 38th consecutive year, and acted as a founding member and chairman of the ACT Awards for Excellence.

He himself was awarded Graphic Arts Person of the Year in 1994.

The Print and Visual Communication Association (PVCA) said the impact of his passing will be felt across the industry as Robey was a beloved friend and mentor to many.

“We honour and recognise Bob for the multitude of valued contributions he made to printing and graphic arts throughout his lifetime. We send our deepest sympathies to his family who are feeling this loss most, wife Besz, sons Chris, Richard and David and sister Melinda,” the association said in a statement.

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