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36 Issue 548. March 2013
Called to Higher Service
PDG Stuart Macaskill,
Stuart Macaskill (Sapphire Pin)
sadly passed away in his 81st year
on December 6, 2012. Stuart was
prominent in local body politics
in New Zealand, a former Deputy
Mayor of Upper Hutt, former
Chairman of the Wellington Regional
Council 1989-2001, and a former
President and a Life Member of the
Local Government Association of NZ.
He was a great mentor who is
sadly missed. All fellow Rotarians
send their condolences to Trish
Macaskill, also a PHF for her
community service, and to her family.
PDG Jeffrey Bird
To say that the Gellibabies
(Rotary Club of Point Gellibrand-
Williamstown, vic) are saddened
by the passing of Jeffrey Charles
Bird (PHF) is not enough. Jeff
was not only a fantastic Rotarian,
but a committed member of our
Jeff’s style showed in the wearing
of hats – the Panama, the Fez and
the Mink – his taste in music and
the arts and his love of poetry,
his fantastic sketches of travel
destinations and his creative
Gellibabies bow ties, which we all
wear with pride.
Following the memorial service
for our beloved Jeff, his message to
all his family and friends was that
his motto was to have “Serious Fun”
and quoted a passage from Adam
Life is mostly froth and Bubble,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own
Maaaaaaate – we’ll always try –
BUT we’ll miss you!!
PDG Rick Bowen-Thomas
District 9650 was saddened by the
sudden passing of PDG Rick Bowen-
Thomas in December 2012.
Richard was a proud third
generation Rotarian and second
generation Past District Governor.
Rick was a member of the Rotary
Club of Gloucester, NSW, and District
Governor for D9650 during the year
2002-03 with the wonderful theme
“Sow the Seeds of Love” which he
expanded to include “Through Fun
Rick was diagnosed with
leukaemia in mid-August and died
on December 17, 2012. He was
a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and
a committed Rotary Foundation
benefactor. He will be sadly missed
by all who knew him.
PDG Dave Gamble
Dave Gamble (PHF with three Rubies)
was a Rotarian from 1979 until he
passed away on November 24, 2012.
He was a member of the Rotary
Club of Dunedin North, NZ, and was
District 9980 Governor in 1989-90 . It
was during Dave’s year as Governor
that women were admitted to Rotary.
Dave is greatly missed by all who
PDG Stewart Ombler
Stewart Ombler was Governor of
District 298 in 1969-70 when there
were three New Zealand Districts.
District 298 later became 9980.
Past President Alfred Joseph
eaton of the Rotary Club of
Gawler Light, SA, sadly passed
away at the age of 72. Alfred was
a well respected member of the
community and a proud Rotarian.
Alfred’s generosity and altruistic
spirit extended beyond Rotary.
He gave freely of his time to the
St vincent De Paul Society and to
Holiday Explorers, an organisation
that provides holiday experiences
for people with intellectual disability.
Alfred’s legacy to the Rotary Club of
Gawler Light is the “Rotary Readers”
campaign he initiated, which annually
donates books to primary school
students in the Gawler area. We will
miss the humour he brought to club
meetings and his contribution to
Kevin Gannon (PHF), Past
President and Honorary Member of
the Rotary Club of Maffra, vic.
Past President Rex Civil (PHF), a
valued member of the Rotary Club of
Warkworth, NZ, and previous member
of the Rotary Club of Tawa, NZ, will be
sadly missed by all who knew him.
Past President Keith Marsh
(PHF), a highly respected leader
and member of the Rotary Club of
Armadale, WA , for 44 years, passed
away in November 2012. Keith’s life
epitomised Service Above Self during
WWII and ever since as an active
member of many community and
sporting clubs. A true character and
the jolly gentleman of our club, he
will be sorely missed.
Dr heinz Albert Wicki (PHF) was
a long-standing member of the
Rotary Club of Neutral Bay, NSW. He
was also a generous patron of the
major art institutions of Australia
and a prominent member of the
Swiss community. He was born in
1922 in Basel, Switzerland, where he
graduated at the oldest university of
that country. After his retirement at
the age of 65, he moved to Australia
with his beloved wife Eva, who still is
an active member of the Rotary Club
of Mosman. Heinz died on August
missed by all who crossed his path.
Past President edward (Ted)
hebblewhite (PHF), honorary
member of the Rotary Club of
Tamworth North, NSW.
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