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31st Aug 2011, 22:55
I am told by Geoff Walker (who looks after ARDET) that Wally has finally sold his last hamburger.
The funeral is to be held at:
07 September 2011
See you there,
1st Sep 2011, 06:46
They dont make em like Wally anymore.
RIP to a true character
1st Sep 2011, 08:15
What is it about the 'Afterlife' ? One after one, all me mates are heading towards the light & although I feel my number must be up, I am getting no signs that my application will be processed, just yet. Blimey, getting into Air Europe was easier than this. Wally, great colleague, friend in that wonderful Cardiff posting (summer 83), mentor (stopped me from re-writing the Boeing manual when I thought about climbing to a FL normally occupied only by concord) and confidant (but not for these pages). Can you guys up there in that favoured Herc Squadron give me a sign when my case may be reviewed ? Because, dear Wally, where you are now awaits one hellava re-union and a truly fabbo existance. RIP dear chap.
Wally a good friend from Herc days and for so many years at Royal Brunei, we'll all miss you mate, Bon Voyage!
Jock: Picked up your email this morning, and now this. I have many fond memories of Wally, so this is another bit of sad news, all helping to make the ARDET News page look like the death notice page in our local newspaper. Exactly 45 years ago we had just finished 21 Argosy Course and were making our way out to Aden to join your good self and the other reprobates on 105 Sqn. I lost track of Wally after leaving Benson but I'm delighted, and in no way surprised, to see from the other posts here that he was held in high regard in his later flying career.
I'll certainly try to make it to Woking next Wednesday.
PS: Would any of the 1 April 67 Jungle Bar photos be appropriate?
I've already sent a couple to Pash.
1st Sep 2011, 23:41
Very sad to hear about Wally, an extremely likable person. Wonder how many burglar alarms are going off all over England and Wales!
(For those who don't know, when Wally was with Air Europe he also helped his son who ran a home security system business).
6th Sep 2011, 16:22
Would like to pay my respects as live not far away. Any further info regards service, when where etc.? Grateful for earliest reply.
Typical bloody navigator; he wants the Lat & Long down to the last second!
I've sent you an email and I have modified my original post.
See you tomorrow.
6th Sep 2011, 17:43
Got yr e-mail. Many thanks. Was 99.9% certain you were who you are!! look forward to seeing you tmw.:ok:
9th Sep 2011, 06:18
Truly saddened to hear this. I never knew Wally professionally but had the privilege of his company on many occasions at the “Bib & Tucker Club” in Brunei. We were always guaranteed some form of humour from Wally, some very good – some …well, “horse goes into the bar and the barman asks “why the long face?”. Enough said! One particular story concerning Wally which had us all on the floor was about the time back in his days in the RAF when he and another fellow (name escapes me right now but was CP at RBA mid 90s) bought a live pig with the intention of butchering it themselves and living cheaply of the meat for the next several months. The story of how they got it home and their attempts to dispatch were truly classic. RIP Wally, a true character!
9th Sep 2011, 10:11
I too mourne the loss of this true character. Aviations seems to have become far too straightlaced & guys like Wally are heavily missed. RIP Wally, well, Rest ................no chance...............party on dear friend.
15th Sep 2011, 13:08
Not only must I thank Wally for my command,back in RBA..I also had the pleasure of sharing his last stopover, in Mombasa,with Air Europe Italy, back in December 2001.
At breakfast one morning I remember noticing a small plaster on his forehead..."My dear boy, I went over the handlebars of the hotel pushbike..didn't see the pothole whilst returning from a late night forage to the bar next door!"
Some days later we swapped return flights to Italy, so he could get a few extra hours in bed!
"My dear boy!"...where are you now Wally!!!
You are fondly remembered.
Warmest condolences to Martina and the family...
14th Oct 2011, 11:03
parabellum, I concur.
Only knew Wally slightly in the RAF and thought him a jolly and agreeable chap.
Seem to be friends and acquaintances falling off their perches all over the place these days; must be my age.
14th Oct 2011, 21:58
Latecomer to the thread. I only met Wally twice, once at the beginning of my first jet sim, and once at the end for my lpc. He remains indelibly burned into my memory as a wonderfully eccentric chap who suffered this fool gladly.
I checked my training file from 10 years ago, same comment at the start, same comment at the finish.
"Satis. Good effort for the experience"