Just got your note this morning (Tuesday). Obviously,
your sadness is shared. Tony will be missed and I am
particularly disappointed, though not surprised, that
he didn't hold out until March, when I will return to
Do as done for John Izzard and throw a wreath to sea
for him on Saturday or whenever you are next out. Make
it a good day for him.
Will be in touch.
--- Paul Walbridge <> wrote:
> 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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