Ross Bowen dies: Chris Bowen opens up about his father’s death

Australian politician Chris Bowen’s father has died.

Mr Bowen, the climate change and energy minister, spoke about the death of his father Ross Bowen on Wednesday morning.

«Mum lost her husband and constant companion of 53 years,» Mr Bowen said.

“Dad was a quiet man, but the hardest worker I’ve ever met and a fighter for what he believed in.

“He would go to work every night at 11pm and work through the night to take care of my brother and me.

“He never met anyone he didn’t want to help or support.

“I will miss his jokes and favorite sayings. His favorite is «It’s time for a beer sandwich, but I don’t need bread»».

Ross previously worked the midnight-to-dawn shift at the NRMA, where he was responsible for dispatching roadside assistance.

Chris Bowen (right) is pictured with his father Ross, who died on Sunday

Mr Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, is pictured during Question Time in May

Mr Bowen, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, is pictured during Question Time in May

Dozens of people shared their condolences with Bowen’s family.

“My condolences Chris to you and your family. No doubt he’s a very proud dad,» Victoria’s Deputy Premier Ben Carroll wrote on X.

‘I’m so sorry Chris. He was a good person. We send our love and deepest condolences to you and your family,” commented Labor MP Ben Reid.

«I am very sorry to hear this sad news today. Your father was a steadfast, loving and devoted father and husband. I feel so fortunate to have known him and worked with him for our local community,” Senator Deborah O’Neill wrote.

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«My condolences to you and your family – especially your lovely mum.»

Mr Bowen has two children Grace and Max with his wife Rebecca.

He first joined the Labor Party in 1988 and served as Mayor of Fairfield in 1998 and 1999 before entering Parliament in 2004.

Mr Bowen has held several portfolios including Treasurer, Minister for Human Services, Minister for Immigration and Minister for Small Business.

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