The father of Victoria’s Premier Daniel Andrews has died after a “brave and painful” battle with cancer at the age of 65. Bob Andrews’ fight with cancer became public in 2014 as his son took on the Coalition government in the election.

In a statement, Daniel Andrews said “after a brave and painful battle with cancer, my father Bob Andrews passed away this afternoon”.

“Bob is gone too soon but leaves many lives enriched by his hard work and generous spirit,” the Premier said.

Bob Andrews was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, but was still beside his son during several campaign events at the 2014 state election, including a media visit to the family’s farm at Londrigan near Wangaratta, where his Old Kentucky Angus and Blonde d’Aquitaine herds were put up for sale.

He helped celebrate the win on election night in Mulgrave. The Premier, in his statement thanked all hospital staff at Wangaratta, St Vincent’s, The Royal Melbourne and Ambulance Victoria for their love, care and compassion.

“To friends, colleagues and complete strangers who’ve offered encouragement and support these past 20 months, I’m so grateful.”

After meeting his wife Jan at work with the ANZ the pair set up their own mixed business in Glenroy, before moving into smallgoods sales, which saw the family move to Wangaratta in 1982, where Bob built up a smallgoods franchise as well as farming cattle.

The Premier was very close with his father whose capacity for long, hard work has been an influence on Mr Andrews. He is survived by his wife Jan and two children, and grandchildren.