Sad news in the loss of another good mate, digger and friend to so many.
Better known to all of us as “Ted”.
Born on the 18th November 1944, in Cloncurry, completing his schooling in Mareeba, Queensland. Ted was the eldest of three children.
Ted joined the Australian Army on the 14th August 1967 to the 13th August 1982 and served again in the Australian Army Reserves from the 2nd August 1983 to the 31st August 1984.
He completed his operational service/deployment in Vietnam from the 18th June 1968 to the 28th Feb 1969, and Singapore/Malaysia from the 25th April 1969 to the 19th June 1971 whilst attached to 1 Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment. Ted attained the rank of Sergeant and was a rifleman, and a store man technical.
Ted was awarded the Aust Active Service Medal 1945-75 with Clasp Vietnam, Vietnam Medal, Defence Force Service, Australian Defence, and Vietnamese Campaign Medals, as well as Infantry Combat Badge, and the Returned from Active Service Badge.
Ted has three children Mark, Kylie and Paul and three step children Maria, John and Robert which he loved dearly and supported all of them, as well as his loving grandchildren. Ted married his loving wife Menetta, on the 7th December 1991, in Kuranda and they lived a happy life in Ravenshoe, as well as being active members of the Ravenshoe RSL and the community.
Ted was a tall, happy go lucky fella, who was a mate, friend and a genuine bloody good bloke to so many. He had many pastimes, laughs and was a strong supporter of the many Vietnam Veterans that were his real buddies. He will be sorely missed and unreplaceable. I know I will sure miss all the jovial laughs and yarns mate. Hope the beer is cold up there mate.
Your duty done. Rest In Peace dear ole mate.
Funeral details – Atherton Crematorium, Atherton, Qld
Friday 13th March 2020.