Bob's had a good Shoppingworld run
WHETHER it was red-belly-black snakes slithering in the under-cover car park, a saddle gathering cobwebs in lost property or honest people handing in $5 notes, Bob Loxley could spin you a knee-slapper of a yarn but – from Friday – the stories won’t be centred on Rose City Shoppingworld shenanigans.
Friday marks Mr Loxley’s last day as Rose City Shoppingworld centre manager, a seat he has held for more than a decade.
“Last month marked my 13th year. I started in January 1997 when the centre was a hole in the ground,” he said.
During those years he has seen Santa Paws, fangs and a thug lose his bike.
“There’s been about three red-belly-black snakes in the car park. I think they have hitched a ride underneath someone from the country’s car,” Mr Loxley said.
“A kid came in here claiming someone stole his bike. He looked like a bit of a thug so I said, ‘Bet the person who stole it off you was probably the one you stole it off first’. The kid shrugged his shoulders and wandered off.
“We had a saddle in lost property for ages and people hand in $5 notes as lost property. There’s more honest people per square inch in Warwick than anywhere else I’ve been.”
But Mr Loxley is humbled by his time spent at one of Warwick’s shopping meccas and shy about the attention.
“I don’t like all this fuss even when I was on the radio and in the TV business, it makes no bloody difference,” he said.
“I still have to put on trousers one leg at a time.”
The retirement call beckoned after a long battle with ill health, but Mr Loxley said it wouldn’t cramp his style.
We’ll still hear the hypnotic rhythm of his voice thanks to his regular Rainbow FM gig on Friday nights. He will also keep up his work with St Mary’s Catholic Church.
“My father had a beautiful voice and always said, ‘If you learn one thing, you’ve had a good day; if you make a person happy a day, you’ve had a blinder’,” he said.
“I definitely lived by this philosophy and get pleasure from making people laugh.”
Mr Loxley hands over the keys to Dubbo man Jason Gard to guide the centre through its next stage of expansion.
... if you make a person happy a day, you’ve had a blinder