Rest in Peace – 235411 Lieutenant Colonel Robert (Bob) De Haas (Retd)

Vietnam (Lt) 2nd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment 1970-71 BHQ, C Coy
DOB: 23/07/1947
Age: 71 years.

Sad news on the passing of Bob de Haas from a heart attack; as advised by his daughter in-law.

“Today [sic] is Vietnam Veterans Day. Kind of bittersweet because whilst we acknowledge the hero’s (and they are) that fought for the freedom of the free world and sacrificed so much for our way of life.  We go out and say thanks to those men and women who remain and carry the flag of our nation proudly. 

Sadly though and with so much grief and loss we write this here on Dad’s Facebook. Because he is no longer able to carry that flag. Sometime on the night of the 15th August dad went to bed for the last time. He went quietly and peacefully…dying in his sleep.
Words are hard to come by, we his children and family are heartbroken and as hard as it is to write this, we wanted to be able to let all the people in dad’s life that mattered to him, know of his passing.
Of course we will allow anyone the opportunity to express their feelings on here, with us or in your own way.

We will update you all on arrangements once they are made.
All posts on dad’s Facebook page would be greatly appreciated as well.
We are all sorry for the loss. A hero, a good guy, a father, grandfather and a great mate.
We would also like to ask anyone who would like to share any pictures they may have of Bob to please email them to [email protected]
Facebook “

Monique Fulton, Ren de Haas, Samantha Vere de Haas.

From Gordon Hurford:
I was speaking by phone with Bob 6-8 weeks ago and all seemed to be progressing as he would have liked. He had great plans for the OCS Portsea Alumni.
I thank the 2RAR fraternity for keeping me advised.
Rest in Peace, Bob, your duty done.
Thanks John Ison 0416 231 419.
Bob was up at Noosa two days ago for a mini OCS Class of Dec 67 lunch with Des Wilmore, Ron Smith, Terry Reason, Ian Gill and myself + wives.
After lunch, Anne and I took Bob to the Noosa Men’s Shed for a look around.  Bob was in his new truck bought only a month ago.  He looked well and happy. I am still struggling to comprehend it.
When I see him next I will give him a HUG for marching out without prior approval. 

Thanks John Ison, Paul Asbury, Barry Corse

Rest in Peace Bob.

Further information about Bob will be appreciated.


“Second to None”
Gordon W. Hurford, AM
2RAR Association, Inc
The National Association
[email protected]
(07) 5443 5583
0407 926 270


  1. Samantha de Haas says

    Thank you for posting this.

    Funeral details are as follows:

    Tuesday 28th August at 11:30am
    Traditional Funerals
    Burpengary, QLD
    Poppy Service

    Followed by wake at :
    Bribie Island RSL