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Gareth Thompson – May He Rest In Peace

31 May 12
Peter Bull

From Keith McCredden and Les Ayers

Gareth passed away on Saturday 26 May 2012.

Gareth had a long history in international communications.  With Cable&Wireless NZ from 1941 with service in Auckland, Suva and Fanning Island until he transferred as a Cable Officer to OTC Sydney in 1946.  Then followed further postings to Cottesloe, Suva, Fanning Island & the Cocos Islands for OTC.  He returned via Suva to Fanning Island in 1963 to assist with the decommissioning and closing of the Fanning Island cable station and then returned to Sydney to resume duties as a Senior Telegraphist, Traffic Officer and various Traffic administration duties and eventually retired as the Assistant Traffic Superintendent in 1987.

Garethwas a well known Vet who attended most meetings until he became ill a couple of years ago. He has been in a care unit at Roselle for some time and was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain aneurysm.  He will also be remembered by Wagga sports people for his involvement in the tennis for many years.

From today’s Sydney Morning Herald

Thursday May 31, 2012, The Sydney Morning Herald

Gareth Ernest.
17.04.1926 – 26.05.2012
Late of Middle Cove.
Passed away peacefully. Dearly loved husband of Vere. Cherished daddy of Charmian. Loved father-in-law of Chris. Adored grandad of Stephen and wife Stephanie, Nathan and fiance Lisi. Much loved brother of Lynette, Auckland, N.Z.
A kind wonderful man, forever with us.
Privately cremated.


  1. Peter Bull June 1, 2012 at 9:53 am

    From Rob McAulay

    A very sad passing. He was a delightful man with a perpetual smile. Nothing seemed to fluster him. What a sad loss.

  2. Peter Bull June 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

    From Bob Emanuel

    I knew Gareth well. He being a CHOP while I was a tech at BWY ISTC. Love to publish his obit with my comments.

  3. Peter Bull June 1, 2012 at 10:07 am

    From John Caulfield

    Remember Gareth well….he was the bane of OTC Melbourne when playing tennis in Wagga…we could never beat the bugger !! Not surprised he made it to a fair age though sorry his last few years were not the best.
    Will let some of my regular Wagga colleagues know….

  4. Peter Bull June 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

    From Tony Farrugia

    These are very sad news. I knew Gareth well and dealt with him for a number of years at work.

    He was a terrific person, always helpful and a real gentleman.

    He shall be missed, may he RIP.

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