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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 9:50 am 
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I sit here this evening of Sunday 04/01/04, after a comfortable dinner, a couple of reds and the statutory (for me) 1 grog (3::1), and think of past shipmates with whom I served who have already passed over the bar...and think... I have attained the biblical three score years and ten, over a year ago... and I wonder why those, many of whom were younger than I, were predestined to go before me....

I recall the crew of the Voyager, many of whom were shipmates of mine, gone forty years in February. Robert Spooner KIA, Malaya, 1956....
And then there are those particular mates, Bill Dobson (Ch ME), Grahame Condie (Mech 1), Curley Hannaford (Ch BM), Dick Cabena (Ch OA), Ray Crouch (EA1), Athol Crosdale (Stoker), Doug Ferguson (Stoker) Hugh Dunlop (Stoker), Don Carey (Ch Mech) and Noel Graham (Stoker) to name those whom I can immediately bring to mind.

I sit...and I think........and I wonder..........

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 26, 2004 2:30 pm 
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Old mech
As we all get older, and we surely will, you know the drift-We that are left etc etc.
We have mates around us that appear to be bullet proof, but alas we are mortal and our time will surely come.
So enjoy what is in front of you and behind you.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 10:31 pm 
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It's times like this I remember something that James Dean was attributed to have said------"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die today".I know he died young but I try to live as close as I can to that creed.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 7:29 pm 

CPOWTR Laurie "Nobby" Clark

Nobby passed away on 24 November 2004 at Royal Brisbane Hospital from cancer.

The Funeral details are: 1000 Monday 29 November 2004

Lakeview Chapel: Albany Creek Crematoriam Memorial Gardens
400 Albany Creek Road: Bridgeman Downs: Brisbane

Donations to Queensland Cancer Council in lieu of flowers.

Nobby’s service was as follows:

A63085 CPOWTR LAWRENCE ROBERT CLARK

DATE OF BIRTH: 23.09.1946

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
RAS Date 50000 07.04.1987

Decorations / Medals:
Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp PNG
Australian Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp FESR
VCM 02.03.1968 Vietnamese Campaign Medal
VIETNAM 04.04.1968 Vietnam Medal
USNMUC 12.04.1969 USN Meritorious Unit Commendation
USNUC 21.07.1969 USN Unit Commendation
DFSM 02.04.1979 Defence Force Service Medal
NM 02.04.1980 National Medal
DFSM1* 02.04.1984 First Clasp to the Defence Force Service Medal
AASM45-VIET 08.10.1999 Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp Vietnam

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CPOWTR (Reserves) 24.01.1989, CPOWTR 20.06.1980, POWTR 4.12.1973, LWTR 12.05.1967, WTR 03.01.1966, WTR2 10.06.1965, ORDWTR 03.07.1964. RCT 03.04.1964

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NAVY HQ , MORETON. CERBERUS, NIRIMBA, JERVIS BAY(AGT),KUTTABUL (FLEET HQ), KUTTABUL, DUCHESS, COMAUSNAVSUPSTAFF, WATSON, CARPENTARIA, PENGUIN, TARANGAU, HARMAN

Footnote from Bobcat: I worked with Nobby at several postings back in the late 70's/early 80's. One of natures gentlemen and always had a smile for everyone.

Rest Your Oars Nobby ...

Bobcat :cat:


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On 23 Nov 2004, A series of memorial plaques were unveiled in WA in memory of the three sailors and one officer that were killed as a result of the fire onboard HMAS Westralia.

I joined the navy with POMT Shaun Smith and whilst we did not know each other well enough to call ourselves best mates, we were on good terms and he was well liked by most in our intake.

MIDN Pelly was on her maiden voyage since joining the navy.

I was on HMAS COLLINS at the time and we were actually the first to respond to WESTRALIA's distress call, but due to our slow surface transit speed we were the last to arrive. We were just about to throw first lines after being at sea when the call came.

Young lives cut short.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 7:37 pm 

A very sad time ...

They may be gone Dog, but they obviously have not been forgotten. :supz: :supz: :supz: Great to see!!!

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Yesterday afternoon I had the sad honour to attend the funeral of a mate of mine - Mike (Fawlty) Towers. Mike was a member of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club in FNQ, and I rode lots of miles with him. Mike wrote of his experiences in Vietnam in his book: 'A Jungle Circus.'

Mike was an ex-Army Vietnam Veteran, and to give him my highest compliment, he would have been a great Sailor. Indeed, he had a long affinity with the water, even having designed and built his own hydrofoil. It was dubbed 'The Coral Sea Monster.'

He was taken very tragically and very quickly when he and his bike - a MotoGuzzi Californian Custom - hit the crash barrier near Bob's lookout on the DeSailley Ranges north of Mareeba. He leaves a lovely wife, children, grandchildren, and many, many mates, all who miss him greatly.

It was a lovely, sad, funny and respectful service for a real decent bloke, and I was intrigued, but not surprised to see his coffin had a propeller attached to the end of it. Such was the way of this unique bloke.

Seeya Mike.

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Very sorry to hear about your mate CJ. Unfortunately, motor bikes and things that make other things stop very suddenly can be very unforgiving.

I used to enjoy riding my bike, but the fear of a very sudden stop with little protection overcame the joy of two-wheeled freedom. Haven't looked back since.

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C.J

I am vert sorry to hear of Fawlty's passing. I don't have any funny quips, as it is very sad indeed, when a Veteran passes away, especially one of our very small troop. There is no one to step in to take his place and the world is a little bit more sadder for that.

RIDE ON RIDE FREE Fawlty RIDE ON.

Do not ask me to lead as I will not,
Do not ask me the follow as I am not that type
Just ride beside me as a mate.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remeber them...

Goodbye Fawlty

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I never served with HIM but I heard a lot about him................Vale Adrian Cummins.

News that Adrian Cummins Ex Captain of Ibis passed away on Thursday whilst skiing near his home in Santa Fe USA.. He is to be cremated and his ashes brought back to Australia for a service and scattering at sea. He had married a third time to an American and was resident over there.

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That *THE* Adrian Cummings??

Passed away whilst skiing........killed himself, or had a heart attack or

something??

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paid off Vampire, then myself

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I find that hard to believe - would have imagined Adrian going out charging a terrorist unit in Bahgdad or something, or attempting to initiate WW3 on the high seas.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 10:54 am 
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I think thats how old Adrian would have liked to have gone.

He was sort of the General George Patten of the Royal Austrailian Navy, nand like George, he would have stood in the street blazed away at some passing terroist, with his pearl handled pistols.

The one thing I can say about Adrian Cummins he knew how to handle a ship. The man had no fear when it came to pushing destroyers around.

:drinkers: :drinkers: :drinkers: :drinkers:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:57 pm 
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I served with Adrian on the Perth.
One 'hell' of a skipper, probably the best I ever served with.
Had the Perth and the crew tuned to almost perfection.
He may have been gung-ho but I would have sailed with him anywhere into anything.
Because you knew if there was trouble he would get the ship and the crew back.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:31 pm 

Seejay,

My condolences on the loss of your mate Mike "Fawlty" Towers. Another "Riders of the Storm" in the Big Sky.

Now WRT "Uncle Adrian" ... :prayer:

QUOTE:
DTG: 241415Z JAN 05

UNCLASSIFIED

ROUTINE

From: CN AUSTRALIA

002 ALL SHIP 002 ALL SHORE 002 ALL OVERSEAS
AUSTCOM KUALA LUMPUR,WELLLINGTON,HONIARA,SINGAPORE,AUSTCOM
SUVA,AUSTEMB SEOUL(FOR DEFENCE ADVISER),AUSTEMB BERLIN, MANILA,
PARIS EMB,TOKYO,ROME,BANGKOK,PHNOM PENH (FOR DEFENCE ATTACHE),
AUSTCOM LONDON(FOR HADS),AUSTCOM PORT MORESBY(FOR HADS PNG),
AUSTEMB JAKARTA(FOR NAVAL ATTACHE),AUSTCOM NUKU ALOFA,APIA,
PORT VILA (FOR RAN ADVISER),AUSTEMB POHNPEI (FOR MSA/FMS/RMI)

SUBJ: PASSING OF COMMODORE A.R. CUMMINS, AO, RAN (RTD).

1. IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I INFORM THE NAVY OF THE PASSING OF THE LATE COMMODORE ADRIAN CUMMINS ON THURSDAY 20 JAN 05 IN SANTA FE USA.
2. COMMODORE CUMMINS SERVED 39 YEARS IN THE RAN WITH SERVICE IN MOST PARTS OF THE WORLD. HE WAS AWARDED A BRITISH ADMIRALTY COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT WHILST ON EXCHANGE SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL NAVY IN 1962. HE COMMANDED THE MINESWEEPER HMAS IBIS DURING INDONESIAN CONFRONTATION AS A TASK UNIT COMMANDER IN THE GULF OF KUCHING. HE ALSO COMMANDED HMA SHIPS SWAN AND PERTH WHICH BOTH RECEIVED THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER CUP FOR THE MOST EFFICIENT SHIP IN THE FLEET DURING HIS TIME IN COMMAND.
3. COMMODORE CUMMINS GAVE MUCH TO THE NAVY AND REMAINED CLOSELY CONCERNED WITH ITS WELLBEING AFTER HIS RETIREMENT. HE WILL BE LONG REMEMBERED AND MISSED BY ALL WHO SERVED WITH HIM. HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE BENEDICTE VALENTINER, AND HIS TWO DAUGHTERS.
4. COMMODORE CUMMINS WILL BE CREMATED IN THE USA LATER THIS WEEK AND A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD AT THE DUNTROON CHAPEL IN THE COMING WEEKS. DETAILS OF THIS SERVICE WILL BE SIGNALLED WHEN FINALISED.
5. REQUEST THIS MESSAGE RECEIVE WIDEST POSSIBLE DISSEMINATION
UNQUOTE

Hope this clears it up for all members who served with or knew Adrian. Certainly a one-of-a-kind Officer. :prayer:

Calm seas and fair winds.

Rest Your Oars ... both "Fawlty" and "Uncle Adrian".

Cheers,
Bobcat :cat:


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