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Darrell Hegarty  |  
 03-Jul-18   21:13:49 Date
Message Here is an update on Les Adams from his wife Trish
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Hi Everyone,
I wanted to let you all know what is happening with Les. He has been in and out of hospital over the past 6 months with aspiration pneumonia and other infections. He got out of hospital a week ago and is now on oxygen 24/7. The state of his health has now reached a point where he has decided that the next time he has to go back into hospital he will give medical help one more go and after that not bother. The girls have just been up to see him and Kathryn is coming back over from the west on Friday and Shona and my sister Dot are here all the time as well as our terrific friends. His long time navy mates and school mates have been over from interstate to say gidday which has been beaut for us. Not much more to say really, it's all pretty lousy really. Keep well and safe and I know you all are around us.
Love
Trish xxx


Darrell Hegarty  |  
 13-Jun-18   16:25:30 Date
Message The following was sent to me by an ex-WRANETC who would like to contact other WRANETC's. If you'd like to contact her, please email me.
Darrell H.
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I'd love to get in contact with current WRAN ETC women. (I know they aren't known by that rank anymore but I can't call them Seaman, it would be like asking the current serving Male SMN to give up their honourable rank of SMN and made overnight to be known as WRETC and to order them to wear our W1s, W2s & W6s (our precious White summer dresses, stockings, gloves, handbag and white/beige pettycoat and underwear underneath). And for winter out Black jacket, skirt and stockings, gloves and handbag.

I don't think the guys would like to be "stripped" of everything we stood for.

As one of the new WRETCs to enter the Greenie field it was hard enough with the occasional backlash we got, plus when we went on board to serve on all RAN vessels.

I don't blame the guys for feeling like that... what the govt did to us with "stripping" us was the same in a parallel type of way.

The politicians, do-gooders, and some in RAN should have given everyone balance and equality and pay, but left us with our dignity and honour and our uniform, plus a set of trousers similar to the WRNPOs have now to serve on board ships.

I've worked my entire life with men and proud to do so. My First comment said to my full fellow crew in all my jobs was: Hi guys, please just treat me as one of the guys, if you need help I'll be there and if I need help I'll ask. Please don't stand on ceremony, stop swearing, or dirty jokes, as I said treat me bc like one of the guys. I prefer it that way. One final think if you need an ear to talk to, I'm it, and if you want to give me a clean nickname please do". I had a lovely working relationship and marriage with my jobs.

Regards,
Ann


Darrell Hegarty  |  
 30-May-18   23:50:14 Date
Message The following email was received by Peter McGurk and is posted at Trish Adam’s request to keep ex-Greenies updated with Les’ situation.

Hi Pete,
I am sending this email to you on behalf of Les to let you know what has been happening to him and if you can pass it on to the Greenies association for us.
Over the years he has been battling with various health problems such as restless legs, thyroidism, chronic back pain COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulminory Disease), conditions that I know a lot of you can relate to, and he was going okay. He was officially diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2014 and then he began not to be so okay. The Parkinsons has been quite aggressive especially in the last 18 months severely effecting his balance, body strength and speech. Apart from having a lot of falls he has Dysphasia which is problems with swallowing and aspiration which is where food gets into his lungs resulting in him getting aspiration pneumonia so hospital has been his home quite a lot in the past 6 months. He is now on a thickened liquids, soft foods and minced meats diet to try to prevent the aspiration happening. His breathing is laboured due to the COPD and combined with the Parkinsons he doesn't have a lot of energy or physical strength. He has a few bugs in his lungs one called pseudomonas which he has been giving him grief for the past 12 months, a bug which apparently cannot be killed off but hopefully the antibiotics can be contained. At night he struggled to find the strength to move, freezing because of the Parkinsons and to breathe because of the condition of his lungs and I began to struggle trying to help him myself.
Les would come home from hospital and then within a couple of weeks would be back in and in August we were advised to look at the possibility of going into care. He came home, ten days later he was back in hospital with more complications and the specialists said that he could not come home and to find a care facility for him. There are other complications that he has to deal with but his real problem is that he has two major diseases happening, diseases that work against each other and the treatment of one gets in the way of the other. In September last year he went into care at Adventist Residential Care, 571 Cleveland/Redland Bay Rds, Victoria Point, phone 38205732. Since then his mobility is practically nil and he now has urosepsis to add to his problems and he really isn't travelling well.
If anyone wanted to visit him please ring his mobile 0402334048 first to make sure he is there but ring at least three times, giving him enough time to pick up because he is travelling a bit slow at the moment and his speech may be a bit slurred. He doesn't talk much anyway unless it's about fishing, boats, fishing, Navy, fishing, ships and of course fishing. I always have my mobile 0432060002 with me and if I do miss any calls will call back as soon as I can.
Thanks Pete, love and cheers to you always
Trish Adams


Bernd Rottinger  |  
 04-May-18   11:42:36 Date
Message Noticed that John (Honeybum)Dobson has passed away. He was my PO on Sydney. We've lost another good bloke RIP mate


Norman Holden  |  
 05-Feb-18   13:55:51 Date
Message Just for anyone who may have know him -- sadly Geoff Salkeld ( CEWE ) died on 24th December 2017 aged 77. Geoff joined about the same time as myself in 1959 - he was a good bloke and will be greatly missed particularly at the Meet & Greets at Port Adelaide


Tim Kennedy  |  
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 14-Jan-18   12:18:35 Date
Message Noticed on the 'Big switchboard' page of the passing of Ross (Runt) Anderson on MON 08JAN18. I located a newspaper article relating to his tragic loss in a car accident but I can't seem to paste the link here. It was in The Advertiser on 12JAN18. A really good bloke and was not long into a well deserved retirement. Condolences to his wife, daughter, family, friends and shipmates.


Col Ryan  |  
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 13-Jan-18   18:29:20 Date
Message I fondly remember Tad from our Perth time. He was a top bloke. Sad to hear of his passing.


Eric Thompson  |  
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 11-Jan-18   17:44:46 Date
Message I just saw Tad Prasolik has passed away very recently. I worked for Tad on Perth in early 70's,in fact he rescued me from Kuttabul FMP, and had many ales with him in the mid 70's. Until we both got married I think.
Very sad to lose Tad, a gentleman.
Eric


Bernd Rottinger  |  
 16-Dec-17   16:10:33 Date
Message Sad to hear another greenie Dick Coutts has passed away. On Hobarts commissioning crew with Dick as well as spending time with him at Watson. One heck of a nice guy. RIP mate.


John "Sam" Sutton  |  
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 16-May-17   08:14:50 Date
Message Copied this from another page for Pete McNair's daughter, arranging a dedication service for Pete next month at GI. Pete was a crew member of Perth and Hobart (and other fine ships) and known by many of us here.

Dedication Ceremony for Dad (Peter)

Some of the happiest years of Dads life were in the Navy, so we've asked the Royal Australian Navy to include his details on a dedicated plaque in the Chapel on Garden Island, Sydney.

Please join us for a Dedication Ceremony for CPO Peter (Pete) McNair at the Garden Island Navy Base in Sydney on June 18, 2017 commencing at 1000.

Arrivals to Garden Island requested for 0915-0930. The Ceremony will be followed by a morning tea in the grounds of the Garden Island Clock Tower Centre.

CPO Peter McNair's ashes may also sail past on the HMAS Newcastle at this time.

Here's the Navy Controlled Bit:

Please RSVP and provide car registration details by 12 June to cheriemcnair at gmail dot com .

Parking is available in the South Block Car Park on Cowper Wharf Rd. You may be asked for photo ID as you enter the car park.

All visitors must meet at the entrance to the South Block car park where a Defence member in uniform will escort visitors to the shuttle bus and check off the guest list and view IDs. Shuttle buses run from 9am-10am

Best wishes and thanks
Gayle, Michael and Cherie


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