Weekly News LEEUWIN 63 2019

Weekly News 1963 LEEUWIN of 6 January 2019

G’day All. Received some sad news today, Jan Powell passed away due to cancer, unfortunately she suffered from this dreaded disease for 7 years, she was a real fighter and deserved a better life, she kept a positive outlook right up to the final week. On Christmas Eve she was informed by her specialist team they could do not more to help her, she was allowed to go home in palliative care, she stayed alive for Sandy’s birthday and passed away shortly after. Her family were with her over the Christmas period. Our deepest condolences to Sandy and his family on their sad loss. Our thoughts are with them.

The anniversary of the MELBOURNE/VOYAGER collision occurs on 10 February in Huskisson. As you know we attend this memorial ceremony each year. Mike and Jean Shepherd have indicated they will be there. I will be also. Doug and Trish Wilson (other plans), Spook Cairns (not travelling as well as should be) and Robyn and Wally Gawne (will be travelling in the Southern states) will not be able to make it this year.

Jeff Dunn has forwarded some details on our ‘Wake’ in Darwin this September. Please let me know if you intend to attend.

Thanks to all who are responding helping to put names to the pics. When I get the names sorted and some time I intend to send all the pics to those identified.

For those who joined in January 63 it is now 56 years since you signed the dotted line. Was wondering, whether in either of our two intakes whether anybody joined on their birthday. Schubes and Terry Dack must have been close.

Was in contact with a Naval Association sub-branch in Victoria, they had drawn a cheque to pay for Greg Henderson-Smith’s Dedication Plaque at GI Chapel. Just goes to show what a genuine and popular bloke he was.

Karl Slotboom’s and Greg (Hyphen) Henderson-Smith Dedication Ceremony will be held in 2019. Kaye has sent me a copy of Karl’s Service Certificate and I have a dit on Karl. Spook has indicated he will run with the Eulogy. Nev Barry wishes to speak on behalf of Hyphen. Will keep you informed about the Dedication Service.

We have some more starters for Darwin next year’s ‘Wake”, Tom and Val Houldsworth, Nev Barry and hopefully Kathy Sheavils, Kathy wants to know if there are any other widow’s attending. The dates for our major function in Darwin have been settled as 14 and 15 September 2019. Looking at the names, it appears only the surnames commencing with A-H are only receiving my emails, there is an R then W’s. Is there something in a name. Please let me know if you are a starter.

Is your email address correct on our Members Page www.hmas-leeuwin-1963.com/page3.htm
Check it out, if it is not correct please let me know, I can fix it.

If you want a polo shirt, sizes S, XL and XXL these sizes are available. We also have more caps with the LEEUWIN larikan design. All the gear is at cost price and our group is paying the postage and packaging. Shirts are $30, caps are $15. Please contact me if you have ordered and not received.

Face Book – Our FB Page has been updated. Missy Miscamble is addressing the Hagus onboard the Sea Princess. Have a look and enjoy the memories. Want to include your pics on this site please send them to me rugbyron@bigpond.com or Nev Thomas on unicom05@bigpond.net.au the site address is https://www.facebook.com/LEEUWIN1963 The easiest way for the non Facebook people to look at our pics and posts (if you do not have or do not want a FB account) is to go to our website and click on the link.

If anyone is travelling through Molong NSW, remember Jim Clegg and Liz have the only motel in that town. Good way to catch up.

Articles in the attachment:
Jeff Dunn and Darwin in September
Divers Reunion
Friday night dance pics
“Get off my bloody ship”
Rear-Admiral John Templeton-Cotill
Opioids: killing us softly—and quickly