Vale – 38756 WO1 Theodorus (Ted) Hendricus Mathiam Maria Boltong 14th Sept 45 – 22nd Feb 22

On 22nd February 2022 I said goodbye to a wonderful and dear friend and today I am sharing this very sad and painful news with you. Ted was not only my friend of many years but someone that I admired and looked up to.

Ted was a Vietnam Veteran who, after discharging from the ARA, joined the Reserve at 7 Field Engineer Regiment (Ringwood) rising through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) with 2 RSM appointments one being at 7th Engineer Support Regiment (7 ERS) and the other 3rd Recruit Training Battalion (3 TRG Gp) retiring in 2000 after 37 years of military service.

Without doubt Ted was the ultimate and professional soldier who would not accept second best in any aspect of his life and that included both his civilian and military life.

Many reading this email would know Ted for his friendly, easy-going approach which rubbed off onto so many others around him – nothing seemed to rattle him.

I have pondered long and hard how to write this email to convey to you all just what a wonderful person we have said goodbye to but try as I might nothing is working for me and I am still completely numb trying to comprehend the suddenness of Ted’s passing and the fact he will no longer be a physical presence in my life.

Ted was a husband, father, grandfather, golfer, friend, mentor and Veteran who is survived by his wife Maria, children (Trevor and Anna), family and a large group of friends. Our deepest sympathy and condolences are extended to all.

In 2016 I helped write an article on Ted which appeared in our Sapper Summit magazine and I am attaching it so that you will be able to understand just what an amazing person he was. I think this article explains everything so take a minute to read it. Remember it was written some years back.

Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalized but will be as per the family notice

Farewell, my dear friend – you have left a void in my life that will not be filled and I will miss you and our catch ups so very much

You have fulfilled your duty to your country well and truly above that expected of anyone and now you deserve the rest.

Rest in Peace

Ubique

Jim Davis.

VALE 31377353 Leith (Bluey) Leonard EASTWELL – 17 Const Sqn RAE

It is with sadness I pass on the Death of Sapper Bluey Eastwell.

Bluey was a founding and long-time member of the Victorian RAE Association and will be sorely missed.

To his Family condolences are offered for their loss.  He is no doubt, watching over them from his new place in

Paradise. May he now Rest in Peace.

I thank Vince Neale for passing on Bluey passing.

Vale  Francis (Frank) Joseph Edwards

We have been advised of the death on 11 February 2022 of Francis (Frank) Edwards. Frank served with 106 Field Battery in Vietnam from February 1970 until February 1971. Frank had been in hospital at Camperdown for some time but died peacefully with family by his side. He was 73. He would be best remembered for his beautiful nature, singing and guitar playing. His last civvy street showbiz type engagement was in the KFC TV advertisement last year.

RIP Frank Joseph Edwards.

Peter Bruce

Obituary Resource Officer

VALE: Michael (Slowy) Slowman

I have been advised that Michael (Slowy) Slowman passed away peacefully in his sleep on 14th Feb at around 14:15, He has been unwell on and off for about 10 years.

Mick served with 1 RAR, 4 RAR Commando, 2 RAR, SFTC, 2 Cdo Regiment & HQSO.

Funeral details will be advised when known.

 

VALE: 1732632 John (Blue) William Singleton – 4 RAR

Today we have been advised of the loss of another member John (Blue) Singleton passed away last Tuesday 8th February 2022. John was 1st Tour National Serviceman with D Coy 11Pl 4RAR. He was cremated privately.

Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Trudy Singleton

18 Thomas Street,

BOWEN QLD 4805

LEST WE FORGET

Wendy M McLean J.P.(Qual) LM

Secretary

VALE: 1730804 GRAHAM FREETHY-MANSFIELD – 4 PL B COY 6 RAR 1966/67

Sadly we have received the following news from Dave Thomas:

All of Bravo Company, Vietnam 66/67 and the 6 RAR brotherhood

Norma (older sister) phoned to tell me that Graham passed away earlier today (10.2.22).   He was in the hospital (Hinesville, Georgia, USA) at the time recovering from a heart operation.

Graham was in 4 platoon in Vietnam and on completion of NS, he enlisted in the American Army, rising to Master Sergeant.

The funeral for Graham will be this Saturday (Sunday their time USA).   A viewing is to be held before a full military funeral.

I believe he has a daughter, Doris, I do not have a phone number.

I will be on behalf of Bravo Company and 6 RAR send a sash to his address in Hinesville, Georgia.

I indicated to Norma I would pass on the sad news to his mates.

 RIP, Freethy

Please join us in offering our deepest sympathy to those who will mourn the passing of a loved one.  Another 6 RAR family member, taken too soon.

LEST WE FORGET

Allan Whelan

Secretary

Vale 217073 Colin Robert Doust – RASC

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of another of our fellow Veteran’s, Colin Robert DOUST.

Colin passed away at Norwest Private Hospital this morning Friday 11th February 2022.

Colin was one of the inaugural committee members (Secretary) of the VVAA St Marys Outpost “The Train” in December 1995 and was a dedicated Pension Officer / Advocate for over 25 years.

On behalf of the VVAA St Marys Outpost we extend our deepest condolences to his family, veterans and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be advised when they come to hand.

A Veteran has passed, we Honour him for his Service to the Nation.

 May he Rest in Peace.

Sam Vecchio JP

Honorary Secretary

VVAA St Marys Outpost

 

BOB PFEIFFER (RAE) IS WELL AND TRULY ALIVE & WELL

Yesterday I received information that Bob Pfeiffer had passed away, accepting this information I posted details to the site. Bob is well a truly alive and contacted me, I apologies for any distress my posting my have caused his family and mates. Bob knows how the mix up occurred as stated in his email below.

 

I just had a phone call from Robin Farrell asking if I was alive.  

 He was so relieved when I answered the phone.

 Confusion has come about because I advised John Jesser that Robert (Duchy) Van Harskamp lost his battle with cancer at 2:30 pm on Sat 12 Feb 2022. He lived in the same village as me.

 With that info can you bring me back to life and let everyone know, I don’t wish to cause distress to family and friends.

 With thanks,

Bob

 

I appreciate the fact that Bob was not annoyed at me … but I will say he has a great number of mates who were concerned.

SORRY

Ray

Funeral Details: GORDON ROBERT HILL AM

11 January 1950 – 3 February 2022

Beloved husband of Pamela. Loved and loving dad of Claire and Michael.
Father-in-law of Amy. Loved and treasured GraGra of Robert and Joshua.

Gordon was loved by his brothers, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces.
He was highly regarded by his friends and colleagues, especially by his fellow members of 1YLI Old mates.

Treasured by all, now at peace.

Our heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Fred Ward Gardens, Curtin who cared for Gordon over the past 12 months.

The funeral service for Gordon will be held in the Anzac Memorial Chapel of Saint Paul, RMC Duntroon on Tuesday, 15 February, commencing at 11am. Medals may be worn.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to either NeuRA or the Garvan Institute. Donation boxes will be available at the chapel.

For live streaming details please contact William Cole Funerals 02 6253 3655

5717724 Ronald Cecil Clarke – RAE

From John Sahariv

Please be advised that Ron Clarke passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday.

Condolences to his wife Shirley, Family and friends, a young life taken to soon, and nothing surer than he will be watching over you and the Family Shirly; he will let you know in one way or another that he is near.

Having served with Ron during the withdrawal phase of Australia’s participation in the Vietnam War, I found him to be a Soldier of high values, dedicated in his taskings and the purveyor of good humour and never shy to question if a job could be better  accomplished in another way than instructed. He was invariably right on most occasions.

Rest in Peace young fellow, you have left your mark on many in this place.

Thanks to both Mick Salienko and Harry Walker for passing this information on.