below we will display messages that we have received from Bob's co-workers
and close personal friends upon the news of Bob's passing.
We have also included messages that we have received from others that liked
to listen to him on the radio or watched him on TV.
Below you will find the newest
- Please keep them coming
There are 6 pages - see the
link at the bottom of each page....
Gavin I was shattered to
read today in Home Cinema Choice the sad news.I always looked forward to
reading his column as he loved the technical intricacies as I do. We had
many conversation a few years ago about DVD region code cracking as this
was my pet hobby-horse.I am sure that like many thousands of others his
knowledge and personality will be missed.
Hi, so sad to hear of Bob's demise. Deep sympathy to all
Bob's family and many friends.
I was one of Bob's DJs at Radio Invicta in the 70s. I was
always amazed and in awe of his professionalism and technical expertise.
He was always kind, understanding and never panicked even when it all
went pear shaped or a technical problem reared its ugly head.
Of particular note were the Bank Holiday, 48 hour
(genuinely) live broadcasts. One of the first uses that I am aware
of for an infra-red link for transmissions! Later when we progressed to
live shows at various London venues, the crowds were always appreciative
of the professional turn out that echoed the radio station. Both were a
wonderful vehicle for the music that he loved so much.
I am sure that were he is now he will be organising the
mother all gigs. What a line up - Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye,
et al. I am sure that if we all "twiddle our aerials" we may
just hear Bob's tones doing the intros.
"Put a dip in your hip, a glide in your stride and
some muscle in your hustle."
Phil Sommerville aka 'Dr
|Congratulations on such a fitting tribute to
Bob, by maintaining his
website. I was involved in the periphery of Invicta from 1979 until
1982 and became close friends with Bob. After my finding work out of
Mitcham area, our ways parted as Bob's career soared to comparatively
Occassionally, over the subsequent years, we would bump into each other at
Amateur Radio fairs, (usually ending up sampling the local real ales), or
exchange some light hearted banter on 2M.
But my enduring memories of Bob will always be of his larger-than-life
personality, his sparkling wit and his irrepressible enthusiasm for his
favourite subject - Technology. To his friends, he was a kind,
gentle hearted man who will be sorely missed.
Andy Woolford aka Paul Scott (Scotty)
It was a true shock to get the message
that Bob had left us. I've known him through the mutual interests of
radio, music and stereo since the mid-70's. No where in the world have I
learned a person with such an attitude. Always friendly,
always optimistic, always enthusiastic.
Never ever patronising anybody.
Living in Sweden, we didn't meet all that
often. But over so many years we still
kept in touch. And he got quite a few
friends over here too... as in many other
countries... I'm aware.
Being in London in November 2000 I met
him one night at a pub in Tooting,
Later I sent him an e-mail, telling him
how nice it was to see him (what I felt)
so enthusiastic, healthy and powerful. It
is therefore so sad to now know I was obviously wrong!
I know all his friends in London will
miss him very much. Living so far away,it still
feels like I have lost a truly close
Rest in peace, Boblett!
Dick Gustavsson, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden
I worked with Bob for more than ten years -
first on Radio 5 (as it was then) and latterly as a contributor for reports
on BBC News. If ever I needed advice on technology stories, he was
tirelessly helpful, generous and always good humoured.
It was therefore a shock to hear of his
death on Sky News but not just on a professional level. He was
such a nice bloke and, most recently, helped me choose my DVD player!
Gadget guru to the end. And after seeing his flat for the
first time last year, I'm sure his heavenly abode comes complete with
surround sound, remote control and a webcam.
My thoughts are with his family
Science Correspondent, BBC News.
I only learned of the premature death of Bob
Tomalski on LBC this morning (Wednesday).
My deepest sympathy's go out to his family and friends.
Let me say that come Saturday mornings i would listen intently to his
every word when he appeared with Jon Briggs as Inspector Gadget on LBC.
He also gave us great pleasure introducing the latest gadgets on Sky
News Technofile programme not forgetting his regular appearance on Sky
Digital's .tv programme Roadtest.
Rest In Peace Bob
Some of the older ones...
|Dear All readers of this web message
He was a REAL STAR of gadgets on TECHNOFILE he will be missed by all
people in meda genaral public alike and Me the writer of this E-mail bob
had away with words that we ALL would BOLDLY SEAK NEW GADGETS TO CHANGE
AND IMSPIRE US ALL WITH THE WOW FACKTER he realy put the TECH in to
TECHNOFILE he will be FILED in the WOW FILE and OOW FILE and AR.
I hope this speaks for all who new BOB and Family
AND FINILY I hope that in "VOLCAN SPEAK" "LIVE LONG AND
|Bob was wonderful to listen to and even
better to work with in our 5
years together at Talk Radio and LBC. Last year we were working on a
new radio project, which is now sadly destined for my ears only.
I'll always remember him lugging his big bag of gadgets into the studio
each week and opening it up with such enthusiasm, to show me the latest
gizmo he'd found. Even when we weren't working and just out for a
drink, he'd bring along something he knew I'd be amazed to see.
He truly was one of the good guys and for me, his talent as a
broadcaster was matched only by his kind, generous (and sometimes deeply
mischievous) nature. ;-)
Goodbye Bob and thanks for everything - I won't forget you!
SEAN BOLGER - Broadcaster & Voice-Over
|I worked closely with Bob on Technofile. He
was a natural communicator, and
his enthusiasm for the material was obvious -- and infectious. Bob was
always a pleasure to be with; always patient, always cheerful and brimming
I'll never forget the phone calls: "GREETINGS! Bob T here and I've
BRILLIANT story!" -- and they always were brilliant, too.
former Producer of Technofile
Regrettably we have never been able to receive
TechnoFile here in the USA,
but I used very much to enjoy listening to Bob's Gadget Guru spots on
Netherlands 'Media Network' show. His passing came as a great shock
personally, and I sincerely offer my deepest condolences to his family and
I too am a Londoner, born in 1953 (the same age as Bob), and like Bob, I'm
little overweight. My guess is Bob had never previously had any
indication of heart problems, and his first attack was massive and fatal.
If it's any comfort to Bob's family, please know that I will now take my
health a lot more seriously, and that perhaps because of Bob's all too
departure, my own family will benefit from my presence longer than might
otherwise have been the case. I will remember him always.....
Los Angeles, California
gutted and send my sincere wishes to Bobs Family, will be missed.
I never met him yet he was a friend, I never spoke to him
yet he was a friend. I only ever watched him do his spot on Sky News
Technofile, and could not fail but be enthralled by his infectious
banter and natural enthusiasm for the gadgets and technological innovations
that he was so brilliant at explaining to the novice and professional
alike. I only wish that just once I could have met the man and shared
with him some of what he gave to so many, or E-mailed my thanks for
many lessons he has taught me over the past twelve months.
I usually never miss Technofile, and only found out about
Bobs sad passing recently, his contribution to his field and to the
program will be greatly missed, as will he. He will be a hard act to
follow should anyone have the courage to try and do so.
I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Bob's
family and his many friends all over the world, they must be devastated,
and may he rest in peace and continue to do what he did best wherever he
David Berry - Wrexham
My Deepest Sympathy to all Bob's relatives
and Friends. Saturday morning's Technofile will never be the same again.
Mary English, Dublin, Ireland.
|Bob was inspirational in my life. From his
help with Ham radio to Skyline
Radio, he remained a loyal friend, always with time to spend answering my
many questions. He will be sorely missed. Even so I'm sure he is now
advising higher powers.
I met bob as a young enthusiastic
transmitter engineer and had the pleasure of sharing his enthusiasm and
commitment to free radio I feel lucky to have spent many a hour building
and running a radio station with him in which he had the ability to
touch so many peoples heart.
I can not believe your gone but you will
never be forgotten!!!!!!!!
Bye bob (tweakey) from Alan (adcroft) singleton
PS the home office still want to interview
|Just a note on behalf of all the crew at
Radio Netherlands. We were
extremely saddened to hear the news and we all feel a loss. Bob was a
regular contributor to Media Network on Radio Netherlands, from the days
when he was one of the voices on the pirate station EMR...European Music
Radio. His love for technology shone through and he made a big impact in
jurno press by being brutally honest and fair. We'll miss his laugh and
passion for radio.
Our tribute page is at http://www.rnw.nl/realradio/html/tomalski010118.html
Lets celibrate a life that gave a lot of people around the world a great
deal of fun. It is cruel that it was so short.
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