Ian Robertson (left), pictured with family members, is battling cancer.
Ian Robertson (left), pictured with family members, is battling cancer. Contributed

Town's favourite Santa devastated by cancer diagnosis

THE jolly man in the red suit putting a smile on kids' faces at Christmas time.

The friendly bus driver making sure your kids get to school safe and sound.

For many in the Rose City, Ian Robertson has brought some joy to their lives.

For his tight-knit family, he's been an amazing father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Almost overnight his world has been turned upside down, with a cancer diagnosis bringing his family unbearable news.

Mr Robertson was diagnosed with bowel cancer after a routine colonoscopy last month.

Just three days after celebrating his 70th birthday, the Warwick man was told he had terminal cancer. For his daughter Shirlian Robertson, it's hard to get her head around the fact she may have to say goodbye to her dad within a few months.

"He's the most beautiful, caring, loving, soft, do-anything-for-anyone kind of person," she said.

"We're such a close-knit family, just my brother and I, his four grand-kids and a great-granddaughter.

"We're just devastated."

For the family it's a devastating blow, just 11 years after losing their mother.

To add insult to injury, Mr Robertson's insurance company is allegedly refusing to pay out due to his age.

Miss Robertson said her dad already had medical bills worth more than $6000.

"I don't want him to have to stress about money in this sad time," she said.

"My dad is a very proud man and has never asked for help.

"He's worried about everyone else and everything else but not himself."

The diagnosis has turned Mr Robertson's life upside down, forcing him to leave his job as a bus driver for Crisp's Coaches.

For several years he's also been Santa in the Rose City Shoppingworld and during Warwick's Christmas parade.

Miss Robertson said her father had been an amazing man in the community.

"He has given so much of himself and has never ever wanted to do anything in return," she said.

"There are so many people who are lining up to help him out." To help ease the financial pressures, Miss Robertson has set up a GoFundMe page and she's rallying the Warwick community to support her dad.

"All money raised will go to medical bills and living expenses for the next four to six months," she said.

"If he can see everyone in the community pitching in to help him, showing him we he meant to them, then it'll put a smile on his face. All we want to do is create memories and able to spend time with his son, daughter, grand- children and great grand- daughter."

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/2g3gb2tg or phone Shirlian on 0447034423.

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