Renowned journalist Chris Bath has tragically lost her father after he passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
The sad news was confirmed by Jim Wilson, Bath’s husband, during his 2GB afternoon program.
The former Channel Seven sports reporter told listeners during his usual slot on Drive with Jim Wilson on Wednesday that it had been a “sad 24 hours” for his family.
Wilson confirmed that his father-in-law and Bath’s father had battled the effects of a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on one side for 14 years before dying on Tuesday.
Wilson said he was absent on Tuesday because he rushed to his “beautiful, seriously ill” father-in-law to say his last goodbye.
His father-in-law, Donald Graham Bath, had a rough 14 years after suffering a massive stroke in 2009 and several more years after that.
Sydney radio host Jim Wilson has confirmed that his father-in-law Donald Bath, father of his journalist wife Chris Bath, sadly passed away this week after a 14-year battle with the effects of a massive stroke in 2009 (pictured is Chris Bath with her father Don in 2012)
2GB radio host Jim Wilson (pictured with his newscaster wife Chris Bath) said his father-in-law had made the best of a dire situation and that his cheeky grin could light up a room
“Now I’ve been able to spend a precious few hours with Don, as well as the whole family, including his beautiful wife Maureen,” Wilson said.
“To my wife Chris, her father meant so much to her and she thinks her tomboy qualities all stem from watching Don grow up in the workshop of the family home.
‘Don made the best of a dire situation, and his beaming face and cheeky grin lit up a room. And even last Monday when I went to see him, he still managed to smile and put on a trademark.”
The broadcaster said his mother-in-law Maureen had been incredibly strong and supported her husband to the end.
“For those of you who have cared for stroke survivors, or those with other debilitating conditions, it’s incredibly difficult,” he said.
“It is a sad time, but also a time to reflect and celebrate a great man who, despite facing a terrible and treacherous condition, made the most of his life and the cruel cards he was dealt .’
“To my wife Chris, her dad meant so much to her and she thinks her tomboy traits all come from watching Don grow up in the workshop at the family home,” Wilson told listeners on 2GB on Tuesday (pictured is Bath and Wilson , who have been married since 2012)
His wife, who presented for ABC Radio Sydney, Channel 7 and Channel 10, has yet to make a statement about her father’s passing.
In late 2019, Bath uploaded a photo of herself on her father’s knee.
“When you party with your dad like it’s 1999 in 2012 and he’s all excited to be photographed. I love you daddy,” the newsreader writes with the sweet photo.
In an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, she said her father had been working-class and dropped out of school at age 16 to work in construction.
His only brother, Lindsay, died in a horror scooter accident when Don was 18 and he had married her mother Maureen when they were both in their early 20s.
After her father suffered his second stroke in 2014, Bath vowed to campaign harder for stroke patients and their families through awareness programs.
After her father suffered his second stroke in 2014, Bath (pictured with cricketer Steve Smith) vowed to campaign harder for stroke patients and their families
She first revealed her father’s health concerns on Channel Seven’s Sunday Night program in November 2013 – about four years after Don suffered his first stroke.
The stroke left him paralyzed on one side and severely affected his speech, with the newscaster admitting she was unable to go to her father for advice.
“The reason I’m doing this story and the reason I’m talking about what my family has been through is to try and say to the government and pet survivors and their families, Come on, pony!” she told the program in 2013.
Bath currently works as a freelance journalist while her husband, Jim Wilson for nearly 10 years, hosts Drive with Jim on 2GB radio.
The radio host is no stranger to tragedy, having lost his six-year-old son Sam to brain cancer in 2010 and his sister Rebecca, who died of breast cancer in 2016 at age 54.