Patti Newton has expressed her “heartbreak” while thanking fans for their “overwhelming” support following her first Christmas without her beloved husband Bert Newton.
Bert Newton passed away on October 30, 2021, at age 83. Both the Australian public and the entertainment world mourned the entertainment legend following the sad news. Newton died after a long battle with declining health and was undergoing palliative care at a private clinic in Melbourne when he drew his last breath.
Patti, 76, shared a photo of Bert hugging their four grandchildren alongside the caption, “The love that has been shown to Bert, from messages, thousands of cards, letters has been overwhelming. We just want to say “Thank You”. The empty hole and heartbreak I feel is enormous, I think I just loved him too much. Thank you again, he’d be so thrilled”.
Late last month Patti honoured her late husband with shared a throwback photo of their wedding day back in 1974, alongside the caption, “My darling Alb I will miss you forever. My heart is broken”.
Lauren Newton also paid tribute to her late father while marking her daughter’s third birthday. Lauren captioned a photo on Instagram with a touching message about the “very special” relationship her youngest daughter had with her iconic grandfather.
“Happy 3rd Birthday to our beautiful Perla Dolly. What a caring, loving, and hilarious girl you are. The life of the party and always making us smile. The relationship you had with Poppy was very special and you filled his last weeks with love, songs and cuddles. He thought you were incredible and will always be watching over you with a smile xx,” she wrote.
Albert Watson Newton, AM, MBE, was born in 1938 and quickly discovered his love of entertaining, and at the age of 11 made his first radio debut on 3XY. He was a full-time announcer at the Melbourne station by the time he was 15. From the early ‘60s to the late ‘90s, 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.