Member Birthdays, Illnesses & Past Members
9th Feb 2018 – It was Arend Bleyerveen’s 90th birthday. A cake was produced & Arend blew out the candle after a harmonious rendition of Happy Birthday
20th May 2016 – We celebrated Laurie Power’s 80th birthday with birthday cake and special morning tea. His actual date was 26th May
4th Dec 2015 – We celebrated Phil Laird’s 68th birthday due next Sun 6th Dec
23rd Oct 2015 – We celebrated Terry Mether’s 74th birthday from last Wed 21st Oct
28th Aug 2015 – We celebrated the 50th wedding anniversaries to the day of both Barry & Margaret Howe and Harry and Judy Redfern; as well as Brian Harber’s birthday
21st Aug 2015 – Ted advised us that is was Alex’s 80th birthday the next day (Saturday 22nd Aug 2015) so we all wish Alex well. We know he was in Canowindra, and noted from the news that NSW has adopted the fish fossil as its’ state fossil
26th Jun 2016 – Ted Tregillgas celebrated his 76th on the 24th and so we celebrated with at the Shed with some cake
11th Jun 2015 – John Canning turned 80 which we celebrated at the Shed on 12th
Jun 8th Apr 2015 – Stuart Allan turned 70 & made a short thank you speech to the Shed on the 10th Apr about the progress & importance of the Shed in bringing together men from the West Belconnen area. Cake was also eaten with the cyclers at the Ha Ha Bar on the 8th
7th Feb 2015 – Arend Bleyerveen turned 87
26 Dec 2014 – Greg Worthington (Greg1) turned 71
Oct 2014 – Roger Amos turned 67 and Colin Fitzpatrick turned 64
18th Sept 2014 – Greg Hutchison (Greg2) turned 67 – old foggie!
7th Aug 2014 – Steve Mawer advised us that on this date he turned 74 – old bugger!
6th June 2014 – Laurie Power and Keith Grieve (3rd) celebrated their birthdays recently
Harry Williams celebrated his birthday on 4th April 2014
Ernie Brand turned 80. On 21st Nov 2012 Ernie made the big 80. As a celebration of Ernies 80th birthday on 21Nov, his son did a spit roast and then offered the outcome to members after the Fri 23rd meeting. Pictured
Keith Grieve turned 81. Keith turned eighty on Friday 3rd June 2012. Shed members sang “Happy Birthday” to Keith on 22nd June 2012
Ted Tregillgas turned 73, on Sunday 24th June 2012 and Shed members sang “Happy Birthday” to Ted on 22nd June 2012
Terry Mether turned 70. Terry turned 70 on Fri 21st October 2011. Apparently he shared muffins with a few riders including Stuart on Tues morning 25th in the rain!
Steve Mawer turned 70. This happened around 7th Aug 2010? He shared a cake with some of the bike riders one morning
Harry Redfern turned 70. On the 17th Nov 2011 Harry hit the mark. We sang happy birthday at the meeting on the 18th Nov 2011
Member Sicknesses or Accidents
20 Dec 2019 – Sick List Update – Alex Ritchie is now OK but still has a bad back. John Machin has left hospital and is now in IQ Care at St Andrews Village Hughes
24th Oct 2019 – Greg Worthington was operated on and provided with a hip replacement. Unfortunately he was fed bananas which gave him a high potasium level which was not beneficial for his kidneys. He then had to be moved to Canberra Hospital where they were better equipped to assist him. Nov Greg is out and moving around.
18th Oct 2019 – Eric Cappello is recovering in hospital for ten days or so after two knee replacements on 9 October. Paul McCarthy advised that Eric was hoping to go back home by the weekend or next Monday. Eric did come out and is moving around fine
Aug 2019 – Bill is back cycling so has recovered from his problems. 16th Jul 2019 – Breakfast from Bill – As a thank you for the Cyclists assistance when he had his heart attack, Bill shouted cyclists breakfast on Tues, 16 July at Black Pepper – 29th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray came home from hospital on this Saturday. He had a pacemaker inserted but has further surgery ahead to clear a small blockage that is in a very awkward position to operate on – 24th Jun 2019 (Mon) – The Cyclists presented Bill’s saviours (student nurse Marisa Agostino & member Ian de Plater) with a token of appreciation for providing CPR so quickly & professionally when Bill had his heart attack – 17th Jun 2019 – Bill Murray had a nasty incident during the Cyclists coffee break. Following Bill’s collapse, he was found to be in a very serious condition for several days. Further medical intervention may be required but Bill is going well now. Ambulances also attended very quickly & used a defibrillator with great effect
8th Feb 2019 – Wally Kulesza gave us an update on his health problems. After three months or so of tests, the specialist has concluded that Wally’s cancer is relatively low grade and will be able to be treated with tablets – good news compared with the alternatives that have been contemplated during the past few months | 30th Nov 2018 – Wally Kulesza announced that following an ultrasound some six weeks ago & a recent biopsy it was found that he had health issues with his liver & stomach. Wally has had various tests to determine the source of his cancer. Wally thanked members for the particular care & concern they have shown him of late
17th Dec 2018 – Update on Paul McCarthy – Paul did not respond well in hospital to antibiotics. Doctors considered if Paul picked up some exotic virus possibly through using potting mix but eventually ruled that out. So it is considered that he did have pneumonia. he has recovered, is out of hospital and cycled to Black Pepper on 17th Dec – 30th Nov 2018 – Members were advised that Paul McCarthy has been diagnosed as having pneumonia & will be out of action for some time. Paul has not been well and has been in hospital as at 7th Dec
6 Apr 2018 – Laurie Power left Canberra Hospital on this date for a place at the RSL’s McKenzie Gardens nursing home in Page. He welcomes visitors
6 Apr 2018 – The Shed meeting was updated that original member Don Gruber’s health continues to deteriorate due to a growth on his vertabrae. Our best wishes are with him in this time of great suffering
2 Mar 2018 – Laurie Power is still in Canberra Hospital with a broken ankle
22nd Dec 2018 – Laurie Power – A welcome back to Laurie Power who has been absent for much of 2017 with a damaged leg that won’t mend. Laurie hopes to be a regular attendee in 2018. Now 81 years old Laurie suffers from Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) which is an autoimmune disease affecting the myelin coating on his nerves. His leg is not working at all but he hopes to be able to halt further progression of the condition.
20th Jul 2017 – David Brand – He was taken to hospital on Sat 8 July with an intestinal blockage. He wasn’t operated on until Sun 16th. The op was completely successful. He has been in and out of the hospital several times.
16th Jun 2017 – Members Health Status – Ian Miller is now back in Canberra and is in the Rehabilitation Ward at Canberra Hospital, Ward 12B Level 2. He sends his greetings to all his Shed friends and would be happy to see any Shed blokes who can visit him | Arend Bleyerveen has now moved to Kalparrin Nursing Home opposite Kippax shops. Arend would welcome Shed visitors | Laurie Power is now back home.
17-24th Mar 2017 – Roger put out a request for any volunteers that could assist in offering our Shed mate Laurie Power a lift to our Shed meetings. Laurie is currently incapacitated and lives in Bruce. Laurie thanks members for their kind offer of lifts to and from the Shed, but is not ready to return to the Shed at this stage and has unfortunately suffered a couple of nasty falls of late.
17th Mar 2017 – Paul McCarthy advised of a nasty accident that had recently occurred to shed member Martin van der Hoek. Martin had an unfortunate whack on his head while gardening last week, and as a consequence was admitted to Canberra Hospital & subsequently underwent an operation to relieve pressure from a blood clot on his brain.
17th Mar 2017 – Rob Mair, long on the ‘sick list’, sent an email to fellow shed members which was read out by Roger. Rob reports that while being heartily fed up with medical treatments he can see light at the end of the tunnel. Rob has been given the thumbs up for his recovery from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and has now only to recover from a massive abdominal hernia which occurred during his chemo treatment as a consequence of his first abdominal surgery. Rob had surgery on Tuesday to remedy this and is expecting a home recovery of about 6 weeks. After that Rob hopes to return to the Shed
17th Feb 2017 – Paul came home from the operation on Thur 1th Feb and is in good spirits. The operation was successful and has cured his heart flutters – 10th Feb 2017 – Peter McArdle reported that Paul McCarthy was currently undergoing a heart operation in Sydney (10 February) to correct a racing heart problem
3rd Dec 2016 – Greg Worthington was involved on 16th Nov 2016 in an accident with an untethered dog on the cycle track around Lake Ginninderra. He cracked disc in his lower spine and was in Calvary Hospital until a decision was made on how he is to be treated. On Tues 29th Nov he was moved to NCH. Greg went home on 10th Dec
11 Nov 2016 – Laurie Power. Our esteemed ex President has taken a fall and broken his ankle and is currently in Canberra Hospital. Laurie Power is now back at home (Dec 2016) and preparing for physio
9th Sep 2016 – Reported that Bob Mair was currently on a series of Chemo treatments & looks forward to getting past that & back to the Shed. 2nd Dec 2016 Bob just finished 5 months of chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and is now facing a PET scan and hernia operation before he is hopefully able to return to the Shed in a few months’ time
15 Jul 2016 – Geoff Fiddian – Geoff Grimmett reported on Geoff Fiddian’s progress & how Geoff was hopeful to be back at home soon 22 Jul 2016 – Geoff Fiddian updated us on his health – he still has radiation treatment to come following his successful thyroid operation
1 Jul 2016 – Robert Mair – Roger advised that Shed member Robert Mair who recently underwent urgent bowel surgery due to a painful stricture, is now back home after losing some 36cm of his bowel. He is still recovering slowly from that ordeal. Unfortunately he has been faced with another major hurdle as the surgery also revealed a tumour as well as the stricture & he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma which he has been advised is ‘curable’. He is now about to embark on a chemotherapy program of some months & is hopeful of a good result. Our thoughts are with Robert & we all look forward to a successful outcome
27th Nov 2015 – Reported that John Nicholson is now in permanent care with dimentia
27th Nov 2015 – Reported that Greg Worthington had come off his bike along the path under Florey Drive bridge. He lost some skin and had scratches but is otherwise fine
18th Nov 2015 – Reported that Henry Beaverstock has a minor heart attack after a Pedal Power bike ride on this date, and after insertion of a stent is believed to be fine and no doubt will be back on his bike very soon
21st Aug 2015 – Sick parade: John reported that Ken Baker, who broke his leg recently, is doing OK, but his leg is taking longer to heal than he would like. Laurie seems to be progressing OK, but he is now in the three legged league, using a walking stick
19th Jun 2015 – Harry Williams came back to the Shed for the first time after an absence of some five months with a badly broken ankle. Harry demonstrated his ‘moon boot’ and thanked the Shed for its support. Our Shed means a great deal to Harry
24th April 2015 – Laurie Power recently broke his ankle. He is still immobile, and expects to be absent from the Shed for several weeks. However, with his kindle, mobile phone, and TV remote readily available he is in high spirits. He sends his thanks to the many Shed members who have called him
6th Mar 2015 – John Canning has advised he is not well. He will be undertaking tests to determine what action is needed
20th Feb 2015 – John Arundel was also ill. He went to Melbourne to be close to his daughters. John had surgery which will solve his issues. He is now back in Canberra
19th Feb 2015 – Harry Williams who was reported on 3rd Feb as having bad breaks in his ankle from tripping over a sign on a footpath at Belconnen recently. He is now home recuperating. He’s happy to receive visitors but please check first with his wife, Margaret on 6251 2219. Harry is still improving. He is now able to hobble along on a walking stick, and has a medical helper check on him three times a week
30th Jan 2015 – One of our inagural & founding members Don Gruber diagnosed with bowel cancer. It it with deep regret we advise you that Don has aggressive bowel cancer. Don is seeking further medical advice for his possible treatments at this time. We wish him all the best and hope treatment will be successful. Don was at the HaHaBar on 17th Feb
25 Dec 2014, Member Ray Nelson was admitted to Calvary Hospital after suffering symptoms of a mild stroke. On the 8th Jan Ray was moved to Canberra Hospital. Ray had successful surgery on Tuesday 13th Jan, with malignant tumours being removed. Ray is in good spirits and quite mobile but has suffered some impacts to his sight and reading ability. Ray had radiation treatment during the first part of Feb. He began special immune treatment on 25th Feb. He has made appearances at the HaHa Bar on various occasions. He is still undergoing chemo treatment in April
Peter Dykes Illness. April 2014 – He is again sick and this time in Canberra Hospital. He can have visitors and would be happy to see anyone. He is on Level 3 Intensive Care. Best to ring Lorna first. Contact Lorna Dyke on 6258.1775 for more information. He was previously in Calvary Hospital. and went home on 18th Sep 2012. Peter returned to the Shed on 6th June 2014
Phil Hore one of our cycling supremos had a pain in his chest in the week starting 16 Dec 2013, visited the doctor and was dispatched to NCH at Garran where he had a stent inserted in one of his main arteries to the heart
Stuart Allans wife Helen Injured About 25th Oct 2013 whilst driving a support vehicle for Stuart, Phil Hore & Paul McCarthy who were cycling along the Gippsland rail Trail, Stuarts vehicle driven by his wife ran off the road south of Orbost. Helen was injured and taken to Bairnsdale hospital by ambulance. Stuarts vehicle was written off and his new bike slightly damaged. Stuart reported on 4th Nov “She seems to be a bit better each day. More technicolor than black n blue and the sutures on her arm and ankle are healing nicely. She is in pretty good spirits all things considered. We have been hoping that she would have been transferred to Calvary hosp from Bairnsdale by now to continue her rehab. But bed availability there seems to be the sticking point. We are told that Calvary determines its bed allocation on Tuesday each week. So lets see what happens today. If no success I am considering coming home for a couple of days to catch up with things. Paul McCarthy has very generously let me keep his car here while all this is going on and I am accommodated in Sams cottage, the facility available thru the hosp for friends and relatives of out-of-town patients in the hosp.” Helen returned to Calavary Hospital, Bruce by air ambulance on 8th Nov 2013. Stuart has been very impressed with the Victorian Transport Accident Commission (TAC) that provides full support and expenses to get those injured on Victorian roads back to full health. Helen returned home on 18th November 2013. She has recovered well from these events
John Arundels bike accidents. John Arundels message on his recovery from his bicycle accident and his Big Day Out on 15th July He also joined us for cyclists coffee at Ha Ha on 19th July and looked quite happy. John can now walk unaided, cycle and is exercising at the gym. John took another fall from his bike near Gungahlin Pond on 12th Jan 2012 whilst we were cycling north along the bike path to Gungahlin, Yerrabi Pond. John suffered cuts to his hands, elbow, knee and also bruised his shoulder and left thumb. However he was able to cycle home and has largely recovered as he is now cycling and walking OK
Greg Hutchisons Bike Accident. On 26th July whilst cycling around Lake Ginninderra Gregs bike hit one of those barriers along the bike path, that sent the bike one way and Greg onto the bitumen. He landed on his shoulder and also scratched his knee and elbow. Gregs injuries have been overcome except for his damaged shoulder. Constant use of a TENS machine and exercise has brought his shoulder and upper arm to a much better state. At 18th Nov 2011 he still has some pain in his upper arm and still has difficulty in putting his right arm behind his back. Greg has consulted a physiotherapist and has damaged rotator cuff muscles
Stuart Allan’s Accident. Our President, Stuart Allan broke an ankle (in three places) during a fall at the yacht club on Wednesday 26th and was operated on Thursday afternoon the 27th Oct. They inserted the right pins and screws and he is in a satisfactory condition. Stuart is out of hospital and home and feeling in good spirits. His ankle is in a plaster cast and apparently he has had some 9 pins/screw etc inserted in his ankle to support its recovery. One wonders if he will ever pass a security screen at an airport without setting off an alarm! Stuart is getting around OK with help and has attended all the meetings. Stuart was seen cycling in mid Dec 2011 and improved well through 2012
Remembrance of Members
Remembrance Alexander “Alan” Wareham (27 Feb 1920- 30 Apr 2020)
Alan Wareham, who attended the Shed for a time a few years ago, died at the Sir Leslie Morshead nursing home. He’d lived independently up to 6 weeks ago, just before the great shut down. Alan lived in Victoria all his life, except for his army service, until his family brought him to Canberra in late 2012. He joined the Melba Shed a short time afterwards.
Alan worked as a labourer and then trained as a blacksmith before joining the army in 1940. He served in Britain during the Blitz, in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon before transferring to the Artillery in the 2/7 Field Regiment. With that Regiment he served at El Alamein in 1942 and in the assault landing on Tarakan in 1945. Subsequently he went to University and trained as a civil engineer and later as a town planner.
Alan died two months past his 100th birthday and is survived by a clutch of grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Alan’s son Neil said that his Dad’s epitaph will be something he said to Neil a few months ago: “I’ve seen the most amazing things in my life”.
Remembrance Walter Kulesza (Wally) ( 2 Jul 1945 – 28 Feb 2020)
Wally was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. After spending several anxious months waiting for a precise diagnosis he was put on an experimental drug program in Sydney last year. Initially the drugs seemed to work but Wally was taken off the program a couple of months ago.
Wally was a great mate to many and an accomplished entertainer. He was a guitarist with The Second Movement, a band that started in 1968 and played regularly in Canberra and at venues along the NSW south coast until a few years ago. Wally was one of the original members of the Shed, joining in November 2008. He came regularly to the Friday meetings and was a member of the Shed’s EasyRiders cycling group, although we used to rib him about being a “warm weather cyclist”. He also walked on many Shed walks.
Dearly loved husband of Yaddi. Much loved father and father-in-law of Michael and Karen, Adam and Nicole. Adored Djiadek of Lachlan and Bryson. Now in Heaven playing rock and roll with the angels.
Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Wally was celebrated at St John the Apostle Catholic Church, corner of Chave and Blackham Streets, Holt on Thursday, 12 March 2020 with around 300 people attending. Wally was later laid to rest in Woden Cemetery.
Vale Wally, you will be missed. Shed Google Photos album showing pictures of Wally on some activities
Remembrance John Robert Canning (11 June 1935 – 21 Feb 2020)
It was with great sadness that we learned that our fellow Shedder, John Canning, died last Friday evening (21 Feb 2020). John joined Melba Shed in the early days, in May 2010. He was a strong supporter of the Shed and was a regular at the Friday meetings until a month or so ago when his health deteriorated fairly quickly. John will be truly missed by those who had the privilege of knowing and sharing time with him. Our condolences go to his beloved wife Ching and their family.
A Memorial Service for John was held on Mon 2 March at the North Belconnen Uniting Church.
Remembrance John Machin (21 Nov 1936 – 6 Jan 2020)
John Machin has been ill for several months and, sadly, passed away on 6 January 2020. John joined the Shed in September 2013 and regularly attended on Fridays until his illness resulted in him being admitted to hospital. His funeral service will be at St John the Apostle church, corner of Chave and Blackham Streets, Holt, at 1.30pm on Tuesday 14 January. It was followed by burial at Gungahlin Cemetery and a wake at Kamberra Winery. John’s daughter, Morgan, said that all John’s friends are welcome at all stages. If people prefer, they could go directly from the service to the wake.
Remembrance Laurence Richard Power (26 May 1936 – 10 Dec 2019)
Laurence Richard Power. It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague, Laurie Power, ex-President of the Shed and a good mate to all. Laurie joined the Shed in December 2009 and contributed in many ways over the past decade. He was President of the Shed during 2014-15. Laurie was always ready to lend a helping hand and was a keen participant in the Shed’s activities. Even after his failing health slowed him down he managed to get to the Shed most weeks. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Laurie’s wife Patricia and his family. Laurie’s funeral was at the Chapel at Norwood Park Crematorium on Friday 20 December with 18 Shed members attending.
Remembrance Victor Isaacs (1950-2019)
Victor Mark Isaacs – It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our colleague, Victor Isaacs. Victor passed away peacefully on 8 October after a struggle with liver cancer. Victor has been a member of our Shed for a little over two years and during that time has contributed significantly with three very well prepared presentations on Canberra Newspapers, on Australian Railways and, as recently as 23 August this year, on Australia’s strange borders and border disputes between the States. We extend our sincere condolences to Victor’s wife Dr Agnes Boskovitz and family. Victor’s funeral was on the 10th Oct 2019 at William Cole Funerals at 60 Nettlefold Street Belconnen.
Remembrance Ian Haynes (1940-2019)
Ian Haynes – It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of Shed member Ian Haynes, beloved husband, father, Opa, brother and friend; artist, bushwalker and historian. Ian was a regular and enthusiastic attendee at the Shed’s Tuesday morning Coffee and Chat group and will be sadly missed by members. Ian died peacefully in his sleep Saturday morning 15th Jun 2019 at home. His funeral will take place on Friday 21 June at 10am at The Arboretum in the Margaret Whitlam Pavilion. Shed members are most welcome to attend and to stay for a light snack. Our sincere condolences are extended to Ian’s wife, Karin.
Remembrance Keith Sinderbury (1934-2018)
Vale Keith Sinderbury – Formerly an active member of Melba Shed prior to moving to Junee in early 2014, Keith passed away peacefully on Tuesday 23rd of October 2018, aged 84 years. Beloved husband of Vivienne and dearly loved father of Jane, Mark, and Paul and loving father in law of Greg, Jodie and Sarah. Fond brother of Judith. Granddad to Matthew, Andrew, Peter, James, Emily and Madeline. Keith’s funeral was held on Wednesday 31st October 2018 with a Service of Thanksgiving in St John’s Anglican Church Wagga Wagga with a private cremation following. Keith was an early member of the Shed and was also a very active member of Ginninderra Rotary Club. Keith was also prominent through Rotary with helping with projects supplying equipment and money to colleges in places such as Vanuatu.
Remembrance Eric Carle (1917-2018)
Long-term Melba Shed members will be saddened to learn of the passing of our former member Eric Carle, on Saturday 11 Aug 2018, aged 101. Eric joined Melba Shed as a member in the early days, and very much enjoyed the activities of the Shed and the company of his fellow members. A vital and still-active man into old age, Eric epitomised the values of a healthy, positive lifestyle. In his mid-90’s Eric presented to the Shed on his early life as a professional fisherman, which had occurred some eighty years before! Eric will be missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him and sharing time, laughs and stories with him. A remarkable life well lived. Our condolences go to the Carle family. Loving husband of Nancy (dec). Loving father & father-in-law of Brian, Paul & Ian, Marilyn, Caroline & Jenny. Pa to Alexandra, Jacqueline, Michael, Scott, Lara, Amanda & Rohan. Grand Pa to Ashleigh, Maya, Blake, Aria, Kynan & Torah A memorial service of thanksgiving for the life of Eric was held at the North Belconnen Uniting Church (opposite the Shed premises) on Friday 24 August.
Remembrance Don Gruber (1948 – 2018)
Don (Donald Stuart) Gruber (12 Oct 1948 – 3 Jun 2018). It’s with much sadness that we learned of the passing of Don Gruber our Shed’s founder, tireless supporter, mentor & a great personal friend to many of us. Don passed away on 3 June following a three & a half year battle with cancer. During the last month his health had deteriorated rapidly. Don’s ten year contribution to Melba Shed was just one of his community focused activities. He worked tirelessly for Rotary, Lifeline and Greenhills. His enthusiasm and tenacity to ensure the success of all his community activities were appreciated by all who have known him. On the 26th Jan 2017 Don Gruber was awarded OAM for his services to the community – On Friday 28 April the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented Don with his Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia at a ceremony in Government House. We have indeed lost a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with Don’s wife Betty and sons Scott & Phil. Don’s funeral was held at Norwood Park Crematorium on Tuesday 12 June 2018. Afterwards a well catered for wake was held at Melba Shed where a large gathering of those who know Don gathered.
Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Walks. This covers from July 2010 until Feb 2016 | Album of pictures containing Don Gruber on Shed Activities (ex Walks) 2009 – 2017 | 8th March 2019 – Dedication of the “Don Gruber Room” | Photo Album of the event
Remembrance of Arend Bleyerveen
Arend Bleyerveen (7 Feb 1928 – 22 Mar 2018). It’s with much sadness that we learned of the death on 22 March of our colleague Arend Bleyerveen. Arend joined Melba Shed in August 2011 and attended regularly until his recent ill-health. He is survived by John, Robert, Jenny, Alison and their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this sad and difficult time. Arend died at the age of 90, on what would have been his 60 wedding anniversary. His wife, Gloria passed away in 2016. Arend had an interesting life, growing up as a teenager in Holland during the war and having to keep out of the way of the German occupiers. He emigrated to Australia in 1951 working first as a gardener before meeting his future wife, Gloria, who was a nurse. Arend worked in several other roles including as a prison guard and until he retired, as an RTA inspector. He was a very active member of what is now the Kippax Uniting Church since its earliest days in Scullin in the early 1970s. Arend’s funeral service was held at Kippax Uniting Church Centre on Thursday 29 March 2018 and was attended by some 20 Shed members.
Remembrance of Gordon Parsons
Gordon Burns Parsons (7 Apr 1933 Hay, NSW – 15 Feb 2018). Members were saddened to learn of the passing of former Melba Shed member Gordon Parsons, on Thursday 15 February 2018. Gordon had been in ill health for some time, and first joined Melba Shed as a member in the early days, in about 2011. While not able to attend the Shed in recent years due to his ill health, Gordon maintained a keen interest in our activities and was a great encourager of those who attended. This quiet, gentlemanly man will be deeply missed by those who had the privilege of knowing and sharing time with him. Our condolences go to his beloved wife Audrey and their family: Loved father of Brett & Bronwyn, Leanne & Russell, Scott & Ingrid; Special grandparent of Matthew, Joshua, Lauren, Nathan, Mitchell, Peta Erin, Hayden, Alice, Maddy, Jack, Harry and great-granddaughter Emmy. Dearly loved brother of Cliff, John (dec) and Elsie. A service of thanksgiving for the life of Gordon was held at the North Belconnen Uniting Church on Tuesday 20 February at 1.00pm.
Remembrance of Ian Miller
Ian Jeffrey Miller (26 May 1946 – 9 Oct 2017). Members were saddened to learn of the passing of Ian Miller on 9 Oct 2017. Earlier on the year Ian suffered a fall resulting in fractured vertebrae and a broken neck. He was transferred to hospital in Sydney before being moved back to the Rehabilitation Ward at Canberra Hospital in June. Ian joined Melba Shed in November 2015. Our condolences to his wife and family, wife San Neo Ong, children Rene and Hannah. Ian’s funeral was on Monday 16 October at 10:30am at Norwood Park Crematorium.
Remembrance of Wal Cooper
Wal Cooper (24/11/1935 – 18/8/2016) It with sadness that we learned of the passing of Wal Cooper on the night of the 18th Aug. Wal Cooper had a stroke 2 weeks before & following a stay in hospital did not regain consciousness. He was a long-time Canberra resident & had served on our Shed Committee. He was active in Rotary & the Australian Rugby Choir. Our sincere sympathies are extended to Wal’s wife Nell & to his family, Louise & Clive, Andrew & Nicole & Robyn & Kirsten & their four grandchildren. Wal’s funeral service was 25 August at 11 am at the North Belconnen Uniting Church, followed by a wake at the Southern Cross Club in Jamison. Many Shed members who knew Wal attended. It is believed around 300 attended. Remembrance Service Wal Cooper | Pics of Wal from Remembrance service program | Google Photos of Remembrance Service
Remembrance of Ray Nelson
Ray Nelson (9/3/1940 – 30/04/2016) After a long battle with illness from skin cancer Ray passed away on April 30. He had expressed the wish to slip away quietly, and that is how it was. He was very appreciative of the friendship and activities of the Melba shed.
Remembrance of Wally Blumenfeld
Wally Blumenfeld (30/07/1930 – 25/04/2016) went to Sydney with his son Michael to march in the Anzac Day parade. He and Michael were out strolling on Sunday night when Wally collapsed suddenly. He recovered consciousness, & was taken to St Vincent’s hospital. However, he had another stroke in St Vincents & died later. Vale Wally Blumenfield written by Lachlan Kennedy President, Canberra Cross Country Ski Club.
Hans Schmid (29/4/1930 – 22/3/2016) aged 85 passed away in March 2016. It was with sadness that Roger announced the recent death of our fellow Shed member Hans Schmid. Hans first joined us at the Shed in March 2014 and he will be missed.
Remembrance of Jim Greethead
James Keith Greethead (1940 – 29/09/2015) It is with sadness we have learnt of the passing of Jim at home on 29th Sep, age 75 who previously attended the Shed. He is the much love husband of Bernadette, father of Debbie and Linda, & Grandfather to Adrian, Rhiannon, Stephen, Jess, Josh and Jordan. The funeral service was held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, Mitchell on Fri 9th Oct 2015
Remembrance of Clarrie Hockley
Clarrie Hockley (13/03/1928 – 09/05/2015, 87 years) It is with great sadness that we learnt of Clarrie’s passing early on Saturday 9 May after a brief illness. Clarrie – husband, father, army officer, educator, Rotarian & undoubtedly one of nature’s finest gentlemen was a great supporter of our Shed & made a very significant contribution from our very earliest days. He leaves behind a great many friends. We will never forget his sincerity, his humility, his dry humour & his good nature. Our Shed and members extend our sincerest sympathies to Clarrie’s wife Iris & his family; daughters Kerry, Sandra, Gina & Jenny, along with five grandchildren. Clarrie’s funeral was held at Wattle Park Uniting Church on the Barton Highway, just past Hall, on Monday 18 May, commencing at 1:00pm. He was buried at Gungahlin Lawn cemetery Ex Service men’s section. After a celebration of Clarrie’s life was held at the Shed
Remembrance of Tom McDonald
Tom McDonald (26.1.1939 – 6.10 2014) Tom McDonald died suddenly on the morning of 6th Oct 2014. Tom who had a recent hip replacement, was at last Friday’s Shed meeting, 3rd Oct and is a 50 year friend of Bob Wills. Our thoughts & prayers go out to Tom’s wife Judy. His funeral service was be held in the Chapel of Norwood Park Crematorium, 65 Sandford St, Mitchell on Thursday October 16 commencing at 10.30am
Remembrance of Lyndley Alan (Lyn) Craven, Dip.Hort.Sci., M.Sc.
Lyn Craven (1945 -2014) passed away on 11th July 2014. It is with a great deal of sadness that we learned of Lyn Cravens passing away on Friday 11th July after a long and difficult illness. Until he retired Lyn was Principal Research Scientist at the Australian National Herbarium at CSIRO. Lyn is fondly remembered by many Shed members. He is greatly missed by all and we offer our condolences to Lyns wife Kirsty, son Ross, daughter Catherine and grandchildren Mia and Scott. Lyns memorial service was held at 10:00am Friday 18 July 2014 at North Belconnen Uniting Church with a large number of people attending. Info on Lyn Lyn commenced with the CSIRO in 1964 in the plant taxonomy unit of the New Guinea Survey Group, Division of Land Research & Regional Survey. This unit formed part of the Herbarium Australiense (now Aust National Herbarium, Centre for Aust National Biodiversity Research). Duties included botanical support for land resources surveys in New Guinea. He left the CSIRO in 1967 to study horticulture at Burnley Horticultural College, Victoria, between 1968 and 1970. He was briefly employed by the Parks and Gardens Branch, Dept Interior, Canberra, part of which time in the Aust National Botanic Gardens herbarium (CBG), then re-employed by CSIRO in the Aust National Herbarium (CANB) from 1971, where he remained until his retirement in 2009. Lyn continued his association with CSIRO as a Post-retirement Fellow, working actively on a range of taxonomic projects. Lyn\’s major research efforts were focussed upon the systematics of Melaleuca and Syzygium (Myrtaceae), and their respective allies. Other research groups include Hibiscus & Australian Gossypium (Malvaceae).
Remembrance of Edward (Ted) John Gardner
Edward (Ted) John Garner (1937-2014) passed away on 14th Feb 2014. It is with sadness we advise the passing away of Shed member Ted Gardner. Ted pased away peacefully on Friday 14th Feb 2014 aged 76. He was the much lover husband of Elaine (dec), father and father-in-law of Jeffrey, Natalie and Carl, and Tracey and Ian. A memorial service for Ted will be held in the Chapel of the Norwood park Crematorium, Sandford St, Mitchell on Friday 21 Feb 2014 commencing at 1.30PM. Ted\’s son Jeffrey has invited Shed members to attend. A wake will follow hopefully at the Belconnen Bowling Club, Hawker, but this has yet to be confirmed.
Remembrance of John Armstrong
John Armstrong (1934-2013) passed away on 30th Sep 2013. John was known to some members & had attended the Shed once. John led a full and interesting life. He was born in Peterborough UK & came to Australia in 1964 and worked for CSIRO and ANU in Canberra. During that time he had worked on the black box flight recorder. John was an avid bushwalker & mountaineer, climbing in the Himalayas, UK & Australia. He was prominent in the early rock climbing years around Canberra including Booroomba Rocks. He discovered the Orroral Ridge rock climbs (Legoland area) and did some of its first climbs. He was quite innovative at designing some interesting climbing chocks. In more recent years he had been in the Woodcraft Guild & Majura Mens Shed & built many things for many people, particularly carved wood items. The Guild are planning to develop an annual award for its members to be called the John Armstrong Award. John had also been a member of the Lifeline BookWarehouse team since 2009. He attended the last bookfair and is remembered telling stories & tallying books on Sun 29th, one day before he passed away. He is remembered by his family: his wife, son, two daughters & 4 grand daughters, as well as numerous friends & colleagues. A memorial service attended by 100+ people was held at Norwood Crematorium on 9 October.
Remembrance of Ken Stidworthy
Ken Stidworthy (29.10.1945 – 23.09.2013) passed away on Mon 23rd Sep 2013. Ken joined our Shed in April 2011 and was always willing to lend a hand. We offer our condolences to Kens family. Kens funeral was held at the Mitchell Crematorium Tuesday 1 Oct (8 members attended with Blair Howden giving the eulogy) Ken was born in Kalgoorlie Western, Australia and grew up at Kwinnana, near Perth. He joined the public service in 1964 workinng for Bureau of Census & Statistics. In 1966 he did national service. After being at Woomera, he joined Dept of Cival Aviation, met his first wife Penny Cook and moved with DCA to PNG where his children were born. He returned to Aust in 1974 to Adelaide working for DCA and undertook an Accounting degree atatUni of Adelaide. In 1983 he moved to DCA HQ in Canberra. In 1985 whilst living at Page he separated from his wife. He met his 2nd wife Pauline in 1988 and then worked with the SMA at Cooma. In 1991 he returned to Canberra and lived at Macgregor working with the ACT Schools Authority. In 1992 he moved to the Canberra Theatre Trust and then in 1993 to Project Coordination. In 1994 he joined the BCS as Director Corporate Services until 2006. He met his new partner Anne Dowling in 1999.
Remembrance of Max Huntington
Max Huntington (8.07.1933 – 13.08.2013) passed away on 13th Aug 2013 quietly that night. Max was a member of the Shed since 2 Sep 2011. He is survived by his wife Jill. He was born at Randwick (Sydney) and grew up at Mittagong. In his teens the family moved to Redcliffe (Brisbane). He studied engineering at Queensland University. Max worked in Melbourne and eventually Canberra. Here he joined the Canberra Anglers Club and was their president for many years. After retirement he put his engineering skills to work with TADACT (Technical Ais for the Disabled). He also spent several years on the committee of the Hackett Community Association and was its Deputy Chair for 2 years Notes from memorial service to Max
Remembrance of Erik Ingo Hofmann
Erik Hofmann ( 3.11.1939 – 29.5.2011) was a member of the Shed for a couple of years before he passed away on 29th May 2011 after suffering for some time with terminal cancer. Erik was a passionate man and enthusiastic Shed member and would engage in lively discussion that often occurs at our sessions. Erik was one of lifes characters and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with Eriks wife Reinhild and his family. A service to remember Erik was held at the St Michaels Church in Kaleen on 6th June 2011 attended by more than 100 people including 14 of our members. Pictured 2011
Remembrance of Albert Muggleton
Albert Muggleton ( 14.6.1926 – 26.12.2011) Albert was a regular attendee at the Shed until several months ago when he fell at his house. He had been in Canberra Hospital since that time, unable to walk. About a week before Christmas he was moved, with his wife Sheila, to a nursing home at Erina, near Gosford near where his daughter Michele lives. Unfortunately soon after Albert Muggleton passed away on Boxing Day 2011. A memorial service was held on 30th Dec at 10AM at Greenway Chapel & Memorial Gardens, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point. Web notice Albert was a Prof at the ANU and has a background in Nuclear Science.Albert Muggletons Illness. On 18th Nov 2011 we discovered that Albert fell about 2 weeks before that date and broke some vertabrae and was then in Canberra Hospital. Alberts background was as an engineer, physicist, and researcher in nuclear physics at the ANU. As reported by Geoff Grimmett, I took the card on a visit to Albert at Canberra Hospital at lunchtime today (ed note this was Christmas Day 2011). To my great surprise I was informed Albert had been transferred suddenly to a nursing home in Gosford less than a week ago. Apparently a vacancy came up suddenly and he was only given a days notice before the move was on, so it was all very quick. Not sure how they transported him as I saw him quite recently and they still hadnt organised a chair for him at that stage (which he was very much looking forward to). This is of course was good news for Albert in that he would have been in Gosford where his other daughter lives with her family, and Albert’s wife (who has dementia) could join him in the nursing home. I think in the end he was quite looking forward to being finally settled there. Pictured
Remembrance of Peter ‘Snusher’ Davis
Peter Davis (17.12.1945 – 16.7.2010) was a member of the Shed for several months before he passed away on 16th July 2010 after suffering for some time with terminal cancer. On several occasions he stood tall in front of the members and informed us of his situation and what options were available to him. It was only in his later days that we became more aware of his walking passions and discovered his walks blog. A service to celebrate Peters life was held at the North Belconnen Uniting Church on 21st July 2010 As a memorial to Peter we will try and incorporate some of his walks in our Shed Walks. The Committee also decided that in July the Shed will run a “Peter Davis Memorial Walk”. It will be a normal type of Shed walk and not too strenuous. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome on this. Lynne Davis, Peters wife joined us for our walk to the Molonglo and Misery Hill on 20th Sept 2010. The information on the walk is on the Walks page under Walk 9 Walks 2010-13. Lynne has penned the attached interesting Notes on the walk and some history of the Misery Point and adjacent Molonglo area Inaugural Peter Davis Memorial Walk.
Remembrance of Peter ‘Snusher’ Davis Pt 2
On Thursday 21 July 2011 we all enjoyed the inaugural Peter Davis Memorial walk in honour of our former Shed member. The walk was undertaken on a nice winters morning with 34 people participating. Peters widow Lynne attended with several other wives and friends. We commenced the walk at the Hall Shed and undertook the Hall Village historic circuit walk. After completion we had morning tea at the Hall Shed with several Hall members including Mike Fitzpatrick, Alistair Crombie and Bob. The walk was a relatively easy one of 4.7Km. We looked at the historic Hall Village Well and the Memorial Avenue of trees for the fallen local men from WWI and despite a few minor injuries we all had a great day. We even rated a mention in the Hall & District News. Details on Walks 2010-13 No 29. 19th July 2012 – Peter Davis Memorial Walk. Details on the Walks 2010-13 look for walk No 50. It is with sadness that we advised that Lynne Davis’s Dad died peacefully on the night of the 21st July in Brisbane after suffering a stroke a week ago. Geoff Grimmett sent a card to Lynne on behalf of the Committee and Members of Melba Shed 18th July 2013 – Peter Davis Memorial Walk. Details on Walks 2013-16 look for walk No 72. 17th July 2014 – Peter Davis Memorial Walk. Details on Walks 2013-16 look for walk No 95. Lynne is happily ensconced in Melbourne and walks regularly with a ladies walking group at Bentleigh. Lynne wrote on 19th July 2013 “I go on fortnightly walks on a Tuesday afternoon around Port Phillip Bay and its all very flat and easy walking. This week Parkdale along the beach front track to Mordialloc, where there are lots of boats moored. A coffee stop at Mordialloc and chat before the return walk. This is a big group – 25 this week walked – retired people who belong to the Brighton Bayside Life Activities group. Like the Mens Shed there are lots of sub groups, a weekday and weekend cycling group, a golf group, book reading groups, one mens and one ladies, dining out for lunches and dinners, breakfast club, etc and you can get as involved as you wish with the various activities. Everything has food involved, coffee or meals, and sociable friendly people. I so enjoy having Port Phillip Bay and the water just 15 mins drive away from me and walking and seeing it in all different moods”. 16th July 2015 – 5th Peter Davis Memorial Walk. Details on Walks 2013-16 walk No 118.