Bob has been lengths ahead from the start

Robert Poole (Bob to his mates) was in a National Union of Workers (NUW) meeting back in 1978 when the decision was made to establish Australia’s first industry super fund, LUCRF Super.LUCRF Super member - Robert Poole

He’s maintained his membership with us ever since, and now enjoys a comfortable retirement with a LUCRF Pension.

A grandfather of four, Bob lives with Sandra, his partner of five years. Together they’re setting up a beautiful contemporary home on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.  

“The freedom of being able to make plans without the encumbrance of work is my favourite thing about retirement,” Bob says, smiling.  “I definitely wouldn’t have the lifestyle I have now if it wasn’t for LUCRF Super”.

Bob spent much of his working life as an assistant state secretary for the NUW and a services manager for LUCRF Super while simultaneously juggling a host of extracurricular activities.

“I competed for 14 years as a professional foot runner with two final seconds at Stawell in the 200 and 400-metre events. During that time I met and helped train many AFL players,” he says.

“Kevin Sheedy sent his Essendon team to my stable of runners to sharpen them up during the off-season and I helped Peter ‘Crackers’ Keenan (an Essendon and North Melbourne ruckman) with an assault on the 400m event at Wangaratta. He ran second in the final by millimetres.” 

Bob, a genealogist, also published a family history book, From Hell to Paradise, in 2009. He competes for the Ocean Grove Bowls Club in pennant competitions with Sandra.  

An avid Western Bulldogs supporter for 63 years and a member for 25, Bob says that attending the 2016 AFL Grand Final to see his team win the premiership was one of the highlights of the year.

With all this going on, Bob wonders how he ever fit work in!

His ultimate aim in retirement is to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, with a little travel thrown in. 

“I’m so glad I’m with LUCRF Super. Without their advice I wouldn’t have been able to retire at 65 with my mortgage paid off and with some money freed up so I can travel and attend to my family – I’m the youngest of 10 children.”

“I’ve encountered many jocular moments in my life. I was the resident cartoonist for both the NUW and LUCRF Super and caught many a funny incident with my pen or pencil, much to the chagrin of the ‘victims’. Some more serious sketches were used in the LUCRF Super newsletters.

“All in all, I’ve had a very full and enjoyable life and thanks to LUCRF Super, will hopefully have many more enjoyable moments to come.”