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Rev Monsignor ROBERT EGAR will be celebrated in the

Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier, 17 Wakefield Street, Adelaide

TUESDAY NEXT WEEK, October 3, 2023, commencing at 12:00 p.m.


The Committal Service will follow at Centennial Park

(Catholic K Section), 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena.


The Funeral Mass will also be available by livestream.

Please use the link provided above.


In lieu of flowers, donations to St Vincent de Paul Society

(Seacombe Gardens Conference) would be appreciated.

Envelopes will be available at the Cathedral on the day.


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Rev Monsignor Robert went home to God at the

Royal Adelaide Hospital on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, aged 90 years.


Loved son of Eugene and Dorothea (née Doherty) Egar.

Loved brother of Marie, Patricia, Paul, John, Denise (all deceased),

Kathleen, Ruth RSM, and Tony CP.

Brother-in-law of Anthony Shine, Henry Ralph, Basil O’Loughlin,

Michael Murray, Patricia Egar, and Marie Egar (all deceased).

Rob was uncle to 20 nephews and nieces,

great uncle to 36, and great-great uncle to 10.


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Greatly loved and respected Parish Priest for 66 years.



The Kingdom of God is the Reign of

God in our Hearts and Minds


Message Board

Ros Rowett -

Thank you Fr Rob for many years of friendship and collaboration.

Joe Viscione -

With love and respect will always remember. A truly blessed man, condolences to Ruth and Families . Joe & Claire

Diane Lovell (Budgen) -

The best parish priest I’ve ever known. Never forgot names, baptised 5 of my 6, and loved trains, specially Steam Ranger. Sadly missed and greatly admired. God keep you in His loving arms. xxxx

John Moore -

Rob Egar was an amazing man, I lived and worked with him in Seacombe Gardens and was lucky enough to have him visit me in Ireland a few times and even help celebrate my wedding. He is still one of the most impressive men I have ever known. His vigour, commitment, faith and intellect combined with his gentleness and down to earth approach are still an inspiration. His impact on those around him, his parishes and the whole wider community were immense. Love you Rob, really do. John

Brian Egar -

So glad to have met Rob on a handful of occasions. His positivity, humility and kindness have had a lasting impact on me.

Doreen Heslop -

Fr Rob, our paths crossed many times starting at Brighton Parish. Thank you for your wisdom and for always being there. God's servant.

Frank and Brenda Reis -

Thank you for your years of friendship and guidance through arrival in Australia in the late 60s, youth group in the early 70s, marriage in 1975 (renewal of vows in 1985) and baptism of Amanda in 76 and Adam in 1980 You will be missed

Jim Hewitt -

My loved friend and trusted confidant. Disability prevents me from attending your funeral mass but eternal rest grant to you and may perpetual light shine upon you

John D Kain -

As Chaplain at Marist Brothers Sacred Heart College, Somerton in the late 1960s, Fr Rob was a much admired leader and devoted priest to the large community of Brothers and students.

Cathy Ransom -

Fr Rob in his humble, unassuming way, was the most well rounded and quintessential priest we have been blessed to know. Always indomitable in his optimism and hope in the church yet with a pragmatic and practical approach that always sought opportunities to make it better. We got to know him in the early 90’s when he was pastoring a lovely youth group at Glenelg, and maintained our friendship over many years. He will be deeply missed but how he must be enjoying a beautiful welcome now in his heavenly home. ???? May he rest in the peace of His Lord.

joan whitbread -

I thank God for the gift of Fr Rob Egar. I'm glad he was the Parish Priest in Morphett Vale when my late husband and I were raising our family. Our children to this day speak fondly of him as he always remembered their names, and showed genuine interest in them. Morphett Vale Parish was vibrant, and a joy-filled community under Fr Rob's care. He encouraged us to understand and to put into practice the winds of change from Vatican 11. A good man, a wonderful pastor, Rest in Peace dear Fr Rob.

Craig Fosdike -

A beautiful man and much admired friend. Thank you for your service and your thought provoking homiles. A man whose faith inspired. Rest in peace my friend. Buen Camino.

Kiara Warner -

Thank you for your wonderful years of service to God and for being NET and Antioch to our parish when it was so needed the most. You saved my life! Helping Jesus call us home. Many blessings as your fellowship continues in the arms of God. May you fill all our hearts with joy, compassion and strength. In Gods name, ✝️

Frances Dickins nee Doherty -

A wonderful cousin. Memories of family at Saint Raphaels parish are treasured. Condolences to Kath Ruth and Tony and to all the family

Nanette Murray -

Deepest sympathy to Kathleen, Sister Ruth and Fr Tony: My thoughts and prayers are with you and extended family as you farewell a wonderful and dedicated priest of God. May his soul rest in peace. Nanette.

Cris Dall'Armi -

Thank you Fr Rob for all your encouragement, time & care. Your words of wisdom still have an impact on me today. Your generous time with my family & dropping into our parties will always be a highlight. A true gentleman, a humble pastoral priest taking care of & leading his flock to Jesus. I'm sorry I can't be there today. Thank you Fr Rob

Freda Edwards -

Go gently and happily into the sweet paradise you so deserve. Your loving care and kindness and your ability to make each person feel loved and wanted was what defined you. You made me feel welcome as a stranger and I shall miss your genuine caring. With much love and great respect. Freda xxxxxx

Tom and Lisa Bierer -

Fr, Rob was able to share an American Thanksgiving day with our family in Minnesota several years ago and never let a year go by since then without calling us on Thanksgiving day to wish us well. We were so blessed to have him in our lives.

Gayle Evans -

Fond memories of a wonderful, gentle, caring man who always listened to & remembered his parishioners. (an extraordinary memory!) He baptised my middle son at Mary Help of Christians, Morphett Vale in 1979. I have fond memories of him at Cana Chapel, Happy Valley & the many times he attended our annual ‘Cana Chapel Dinner’ ! He always accepted our invitation if he was able! Thankyou Father Egar! Vale Monsignor Egar Condolences to his family & his brother priests. God has him in the palm of His hand.

Anna Pivato -

Fond memories of Monsignor Egar at school events and parish Masses.

Samantha -

Fr Rob, You were such a special man to me. I have known you since I was a baby. Thank you

Sarah Dryburgh -

Love you lot's Uncle Rob you will be missed but always Remembered Thankyou for everything Love Sarah, Luke and the children

Pamela Brown -

Fr Rob - you were are very dear to me. You supported me in my journey with God in the days of living in Adelaide. I will never forget the reprieve, the help, the space and the encouragement you gave me, especially when times were tough. Bless you. Praying for you now that you are at home with Christ. RIP Fr Rob and thank you. I feel both sad you’re gone but happy you’re with Him who you’ve loved. Well done good and faithful servant in the way you were there and cared for your flock, especially the young ones, with whom you were ageless. Bless you and miss you. xx Thank you for your love and the peace and God perspective you brought xx

Sr. Ruth Egar -

Natasha and the whole team at Siebert’s Funeral Directors gave of their utmost for a dignified and beautiful Mass and burial of our dear brother Robert on Tuesday,October 3rd. Thankyou all, Lena, Nicola, Elspeth and Peter. Your drivers also provided magnificent service to our family on that day. With love Ruth, for Kath and Fr Tony CP

Marko Anei Apath -

Thank you so much, Fr Rob, your endless support to the Christian family will forever remain in our hearts, recall your Journey to South Sudan, to visit the Cabra Academic Mission family, you had rendered your support to the poorest of the poor, you showed love to them. you were an angel sent from Above. " irrespective of your old age, you came to Africa, particularly the War-torn Nation of South Sudan in 2016. I am blessed to have known you and interact with You. I am sorry that, I got the information late, Fly high with the angels above. May he rest in the peace of the lord in paradise Marko Anei Former Director of Cabra Academic Mission in South Sudan

Andrew (Andy) Alcock( former Information Officer of the Australian East Timor Friendship Association) -

At its final General Meeting, Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA (AETFA SA) friends and supporters heard of the sad news of the passing of Monsignor Rob Egar who was made a Patron of the Association in 2003. He died at the Royal Adelaide Hospital at the age of 90. Following the Santa Cruz Massacre on the 12.11.1991, the Campaign for an Independent East Timor SA (CIET SA) held a rally outside the office of Indonesia’s Garuda’s Airlines. Fr Rob was there to denounce yet another Indonesian bloodbath of East Timorese people. When Rob was made the Vicar-General of the Catholic Church in Adelaide, on every anniversary of the massacre, he would organise a special memorial mass at the St Francis Xavier Cathedral to remember the victims and he involved many Timorese supporters whether they were Catholic or not. He was also involved in organising a special mass in 1997 when Jose Ramos Horta – the current President of Timor-Leste – made a tour to Australia following his winning of the Nobel Peace Prize along with Bishop Carlos Belo. The Romero Company and Sister Janet Mead – also Patrons of AETFA SA - provided the music. The Cathedral was packed. He also some years ago arranged a meeting at the Glenelg Catholic Church for an AETFA SA representative to speak about what was happening in Timor. And on another occasion, after Timor’s independence, arranged for AETFA SA and the East Timorese Students Association to have a dinner at the St John the Baptist Church Hall at Plympton which was provided free of charge. Rob was given the honour of being made a monsignor, but being a very humble man, he was more comfortable when referred to him as Father Rob. Rob was a very respectful and caring human being who was a strong advocate of human rights and social justice. He was a very friendly, approachable and undogmatic man whose life was devoted to humanity. He will be very fondly remembered. FR/MONSIGNOR ROB EGAR – OBRIGADO/THANK YOU RIP

Matthew Garton and Moira Byrne Garton -

We were so sorry to miss dear Fr Rob when we visited Adelaide in August for his 90th and 66th anniversary. Thank you for the livestream - it was good to be able to watch it on the day. It has taken much longer to put words to this post, because there is so much to say. Fr Rob meant a lot to us, from his wisdom and guidance in Antioch and HoldFast, and then as a young couple and young family, especially during a very difficult time. His mature theological approaches and his pastoral training were most welcome. Even after we moved interstate we kept in touch and watched our family grow, and we were delighted how happy he was to toast our achievements. We were especially touched to receive a 25th wedding anniversary card from him last year. We know we are fortunate to have had his insight, perspective, kindness and love in our lives. He is an amazing witness to faithfulness and inclusion. Rest in peace.