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Charity Campaigner and Catholic Priest Bob Maguire Dies at 88

Father Bob Maguire, a renowned Australian Catholic priest passed away on Wednesday, April 19th, at the age of 88. The news of his passing has left many people in Australia and beyond in shock and sadness, as he was a beloved figure who had touched countless lives through his tireless work in social justice and community service.

Father Maguire was born on 14 September 1934 in Melbourne, and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1960. He quickly became known for his progressive views and commitment to social justice, which he put into action through his work in the community. He was a staunch advocate for the marginalized and disadvantaged, working tirelessly to improve the lives of those in need.

One of Father Maguire’s most notable achievements was the founding of the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, a charity that provides hundreds of free meals each week to those in need in Melbourne. The foundation also runs an outreach program, which provides support and assistance to people experiencing homelessness, addiction, and other forms of hardship. The charity has been hugely successful in helping to alleviate the suffering of many vulnerable people in the community, and Father Maguire was widely praised for his leadership and dedication to the cause.

Father Maguire was also a well-known media personality, having appeared on numerous TV and radio programs over the years. He was a frequent commentator on social justice issues, and his views were widely respected and sought after. He was also the subject of a popular documentary film, “In Bob We Trust,” which chronicled his life and work in the community.

The news of Father Maguire’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes and messages of condolence from across the country. Many people have taken to social media to share their memories and express their sadness at the loss of such a beloved figure.

In a statement, his family said Father Bob “will be sorely missed for his energy and good humour”.

“His physical and mental health had been deteriorating for some time, but his preference was always to help others rather than consider his own situation.”

It continued: “Father Bob was not just a much-loved family member, but was loved by all Australians for what he stood for. He has fought bravely for the underprivileged and homeless all his life. He represented the highest of principles, and he fought to actively live those principles.”

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Father Maguire was “irrepressibly cheerful champion for all those battling disadvantage” and he further said that the nation had lost “a great Australian”.

Father Bob Maguire will be remembered as a true champion for social justice and a tireless campaigner for the disadvantaged. His passing is a great loss to the community, but his legacy will continue to inspire and guide us for many years to come.

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