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Sqn Ldr Dave Gunn RAF / RAAF

Old 16th Nov 2010, 10:48
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Sqn Ldr Dave Gunn RAF / RAAF

I am very sad to inform you that Gunny passed away peacefully last night. He finally succumbed to the dreaded cancer after a long and arduous struggle. Having been told he would not survive last August, it is a shining example of his strength that he was still around to go on the lash for his 50th birthday this year in Hong Kong.
I was privileged to fly 4 full tours with Gunny, and a better Nav, Officer, and more importantly, friend, you could not find.
The funeral will be down under but Stretch and I are awaiting our instructions from the other side as to his requests for a celebration at this end. You just know it will feature Hawaiian shirts and the Five Bells.
Our thoughts are with Kerry and his 3 beautiful girls at this sad time.

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Old 16th Nov 2010, 11:18
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Angel RIP Gunny

Bugger

I had the pleasure of working with Gunny on LXX. What a top, top bloke and a really nice guy to go with it. I don't ever think I saw him down once in all the time I knew him between 47 / LXX Sqns.

Sincere condolences to his family and I will light a candle for you tonight mate.

Today is cancelled

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Old 16th Nov 2010, 11:25
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Good words Dave.

Having been crewed up with Gunny for all of Gulf War One I got to know what a great nav, friend, miserable cook but morale booster he was.

Gunny left a letter with his last requests and there will be a 5 Bell event at some stage with him buying......

The thought of Gunny rejoining Gary Nick on the other side has brought a small smile to my face at this very sad time.

Keep in touch with Fryboy and myself and you'll get the details.

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Old 16th Nov 2010, 13:05
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Bugger, dreadful news.

My condolences to his family.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 13:21
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We'll be raising a glass tonight to a very brave man and a friend who'll be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Dave.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 15:39
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What a sad loss. Gunny was my Flt Cdr on LXX and I had the pleasure of flying with him on many occasions. Brilliant operator, very, very funny man and a natural leader. Looking forward to the lash up in The Five Bells.
I hazard a guess Dougie and Gary Nick will have a cold one waiting for you.
Rest in peace mucker.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 15:58
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Very sad loss, will raise a large glass for him tonight... Condolences to the family.

R.I.P Gunny..
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 16:24
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A sad sad loss of another fantastic Ascoter, first class Royal and a top fella.

Stretch, spot on, I bet Gunny, Gary Nick & Dougie will have much to catch up on.

My thoughts with all his family at this very very sad time.

RIP fella.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 16:44
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A Gent

It was an honour to have worked for and drank with one of life’s true gents. Possessing a very rare gift to see the fun side of life, no matter how rubbish the outlook was Dave lifted everyone’s spirits up. As all, my thoughts are with the family.

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Old 16th Nov 2010, 18:17
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Brave bloke.....sad loss....another character gone...

Cheers Gunny
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 18:46
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It was an honour and a privilege to have known Gunny in all his guises. We last saw him in Doha whilst he was DetCo there and getting some well deserved R & R with great mutual friends – superb company for all as always.

Who can forget Dave Gunn Mean Time?

You’ve lived the dream Gunny - right to the end.

Our thoughts are now with Kerry and the girls.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 19:17
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Happy Memories

Dave

You were a top bloke & a top Navigator and a great colleague during my 14 years at the home of the Herc.

I will be thinking of you

RIP
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 19:45
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A true gent

What a great bloke - a natural leader, inspiration, and friend!
You will be missed!

My thoughts are now with Kerry and the girls.

RIP Gunny
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 20:01
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From H1 Flt on 59 IOT, thru 290 Nav Course right thru to his epic 50th in Hong Kong earlier this yr, just a top, top guy. The RAF/RAAF have lost a great aviator and we've all lost a charismatic, fun loving and generous mate. Our thoughts are with Kerry and the girls. Raising a glass to you pal...
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 20:17
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Sad news inded ..

Another of life's "gentlemen" move on, many happy memories over many years are all we have left.

Now up to Doug and Gary to finally teach him the secrets of Ukkers..

Condolences to Kerry and the Girls.
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Old 16th Nov 2010, 23:06
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Bye Gunny....

Twas a pleasure to have flown with you back in the glory days.
Condolences to your family...glass duly raised in your memory..

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Old 16th Nov 2010, 23:14
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Cranners, Danno, Mcfaj and Bill P and myself attended the cinque dingdongs this evening and raised several Guinii to the lovely loud yarpy bloke. In a moment of black stuff induced clarity a plot was hatched - there's a Lepers do on the 9th Dec in the Cross Keys following final 'Pies' on the 8th (Ouch), so Wooty B could be the place to be on the 9th to practice seeing Gunny off in style whilst we wait for the formal notification of his wishes.
In the meantime, if you have any anecdotes or better still, photos of Gunny that need seeing, please send them to me or Stretch. We will collect them all and air them at an appropriate venue.( I can scan prints/negs/slides and return originals)
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Old 17th Nov 2010, 10:37
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Top bloke down-under and up-over

Very sad news indeed as Dave was one of the good guys in this World; but we can all marvel at his positive outlook over the past 5 years, right up to the last moments - apparently enjoying a good snore!! Next time I get p**d off with things, I can use an image of Gunny grinning like a Cheshire cat to bring me back to Earth.
From Finningley to Lyneham and down to Oz, I've enjoyed Dave's special brand of wisdom which he delighted in giving; and no doubt, wherever he is now he'll be creating havok with similar little "gems".
You'll be sorely missed mate, and my deepest condolences to Kerry and the girls.
Danno

PS: the funeral will be held next Tuesday 23 Nov.
PPS: a gathering is being organised soon where Gunny's pre-recorded speech will be shown, followed by a hearty celebration (see posts from Stretch and Fryboy above). If you want to attend let any of us know.
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Old 17th Nov 2010, 10:48
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Hi All

Hi All,

Firstly thanks so much for everyone's love and support, it really means alot to Mum, Sarah, Hannah and I. Just wanted to let you all know of funeral/memorial plans both here in Aus and back in UK.

Aus: His funeral will be held at RAAF Glenbrook next Tues 23rd Nov at 11:30am. All RAAF personnel are welcome and not that we expect it but any RAF or ex RAF are welcome also, however see below the alternative! If any RAAF are coming from interstate etc, feel free to let us know prior to arrange accomodation etc. All non RAAF or ex RAAF please let me know if you are interested as we need to know prior so that you can get on the base. See email address below

UK: We are organising a memorial service for Dad which will have similar layout to the funeral (Dad has pre recorded a message he wants to be played at his funeral, we will send you a copy in UK). At the moment no date has been decided but it is likely to be at Oxford Cathedral followed by drinks somewhere (at Dad's expense of course!!). Further details to come but at the moment we are sussing out who would be interested, again can you email me if you are.

Thanks all for the continued love and support, it does mean alot to us,

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Old 17th Nov 2010, 14:34
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How very sad! He was a good mate and a fellow RAF Football Referee for a number of years. He was top bloke and a true gentlemen with a wonderful sense of humour.
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