Posts Tagged John Sumner
Walter A. Starck, Vic Ley, Ron Taylor, Phil Eather,
Richard Weir, Wally Gibbins, Malcolm McLeod, Gai Girdlestone, John Harding.
Springvale Cemetary (Melbourne, Victoria)
Jewish Memorial Garden 2
Wally Muller, Van Laman-Cropp, Ben Cropp, Kathy Troutt, Lynn Roberts, John Michael Harding Senior, Bob Grounds, Dean Cropp – (a future Legend), Ron Taylor, Trevor Collins (with marlin), Valerie May Taylor, Henri J. Bource.
RON IBLE (White Water Wanderers club, Sydney) 30 April 2013 R.I.P. mate
Ron would not like a whole heap of pretty words – “a real good mate” would sum him up. Ron’s guidance and advice plus friendship to me, as a young starting-out aged 18 diver, set a course I’m forever thankful to him for. Although the following name won’t ring bells, Bill Colbourne introduced us when we all worked at the Sydney Markets. Ron Ible was a tough truck driver – as they all were then. Tough physical work that produced a physique similar to the axe-men at wood-chopping events. When Bill retired he went to live in the fishing village near Ron and his family. Two guys who gave me good advice at a time when kids like I was take things for granted. I recently thanked Ron – but regret not being able to do so for Bill who passed away soon after retiring.
**The double-ended vehicle ferry was blown ashore while being towed, for scrap**
Listed in John Sumner’s Catalogue of Australian Shipwreck Postcards (CASP) booklet the following:
Koondooloo went ashore with the Sydney Queen and Lurgeruna on 9 January 1972 after a tow line broke”.
John Sumner must surely be the keenest collector of shipwreck information. His dive weight belt was been made from scrap lead found at wreck sites, each weight engraved with the name of the ship. How keen is that? He works tirelessly with his shipwreck information updates and has thus far avoided using the internet for research.
Also a partner in a Solomon Islands salvage project with master diver Water Hamilton Gibbins (Wally Gibbins) – the project stalled when Wally became ill then departed on his long planned journey.