Sad News.

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Subject: Sad News.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2000 17:39:14 +1100
Hi birding-aussers, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the passing away early this morning of Tony Ashby (peacefully, while asleep). Tony was diagnosed with lung cancer (he never smoked) late last year and recieved considerable amounts of treatment but to no avail, it just kept spreading. It's been heart-breaking watching him, over the last few months, gradually succumb to that mongrel disease. One happy note was our flying him out to Lord Howe in January and flying over Ball's Pyramid and Elizabeth & Middleton Reefs, he was by that time wheelchair bound but we all had a ball.
I think the highlight for him was getting swooped on by those whistling comets, the Black winged Petrels. For those who have been to Lord Howe you would know it would have been no mean feat getting him to the cliff-face in a wheel-chair but it was worth it. You see, Tony was one of that rare breed, an avid sea-birder, he'd never miss a trip. There are a few of you down south who know exactly what I mean, Lindsay Smith informed me Tony was instrumental in getting SOSSA into operational mode. Sea World are going to miss his cheery disposition, not to mention his alleviating them of their chumming duties!
Ah well life goes on and we have a pelagic coming up this saturday, let's hope it's a good one. You'll have to excuse me now, I'm going to have a few wines in toast of the times we had together out on the Blue Paddock. Cheers - Paul Walbridge.
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