Bob Semple during his visit to The Hangar in April 2019. (Photo: Essendon FC)

Essendon Football Club is saddened by the passing of World War II veteran and proud Bombers supporter Bob Semple OAM BEM, who died on Thursday at the age of 99.

One of the last remaining Rats of Tobruk who survived six years of war, Semple visited The Hangar before the 2019 Anzac Day game to share his wisdom with the Bombers' players and coaches.


It was Semple's first address to the group, and one that meant a lot to him as an Essendon man through and through.

"I'm humbled, gentlemen," Semple said at the time.

"I was born in Essendon and have lived in Essendon all my life. From the day I was born, I’ve been branded an Essendon person.

"I’ve followed the club all throughout my life, and taken out memberships. I’m still a member. 

"I’ve always loved this club. Spirit is what I’d like you to take away. Stick with it, and here’s to every success, because you’ve got a lot of supporters."

The club extends its deepest condolences to Semple's family and friends, and all those whose lives have been touched by a remarkable gentleman.