On October 30, 2021, the Australian entertainment world lost one of its greats after the tragic passing of entertainment legend Bert Newton.
Now one year on, Bert’s wife Patti Newton, has taken to social media to deliver a heartfelt tribute to her “darling Bert” on what surely must be a difficult day.
“On this day one year ago I lost the love of my life,” Patti wrote.
“Rest In Peace my darling Bert x.”
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Fans and public figures alike were quick to share their own tributes to the late Australian entertainment icon while offering their “love and prayers” to Patti and the Newton family.
“Still so missed,” swimming superstar Leisel Jones wrote.
“Thinking of you darling Patti and your glorious family today,” fellow entertainer Ronda Burchmore said.
Longtime friend of the Newton family, John Foreman, sent “lots of love” to Patti.
“Such a special Man and his sense of humour was just Gold – heart goes out to you Patti,” one fan wrote.
“Sending lots of love Patti. Bert would be so proud of you and your beautiful children and gorgeous grandchildren. Rest peacefully Bert. We all miss you.”
“And his funeral was one of the most lovely celebrations of a fabulous life. He’ll be looking over you all keeping you safe with God’s grace. Much love and prayers to you on this day,” commented another.
“Bert will never be forgotten what a wonderful person he was love to you Patti and your family.”
Patti has made a constant effort to honour the memory of her late husband, delivering heartfelt tributes to the entertainment heavyweight on his birthday and during special milestones.
Patti recently took to social media for what would have been Bert’s 84th birthday, delivering a heartwarming message to her beloved husband.
Patti posted a photo of Bert surrounded by his grandchildren on Saturday, July 23 alongside a caption in which Patti revealed that “we always made Bert’s birthdays special, that’s why today is a hard one”.
“We’re thinking of all the wonderful birthday memories we have, and hope he knows just how much he’s missed and loved by us all,” she wrote.
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Bert passed away at age 83 after a long health battle and was undergoing palliative care at a private clinic in Melbourne when he died. The Australian public and entertainment world mourned the entertainment legend during a state funeral in mid-November.
Born in 1938, Albert Watson Newton quickly discovered his love of entertainment at a young age with his radio debut on 3XY at age 11. He was a full-time announcer at the Melbourne station by the time he was 15. From the early 1960s to the late 1990s he was the face of a number of popular TV shows, including The Late Show, In Melbourne Tonight, The Don Lane Show, New Faces, Ford Superquiz, The Bert Newton Show, and Tonight with Bert Newton.