Vale John Gamblin

To: Bill Stent <>
Subject: Vale John Gamblin
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:11:45 +0000
Bill, a loss of a fine, caring gentleman and friend. He had sent messages of 
support over the years, most recently to my dying daughter-in-law in ICU just a 
few weeks ago.  How many of us, on checking out, can think of others in the 
same boat?  John could.

And yes,  he had that wonderful sense of humour.  We just accepted him as he 
was, baffling or not, and we were grateful for his friendship.

Vale John.  You will be missed.

Denise Lawungkurr  Goodfellow
PO Box 71
Darwin River, NT, Australia 0841
043 8650 835

PhD candidate, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.

Founding Member: Ecotourism Australia
Nominated by Earthfoot for Condé Nast’s International  Ecotourism Award, 2004.

With every introduction of a plant or animal that goes feral this continent 
becomes a little less unique, a little less Australian.

On 16 Feb 2016, at 4:49 pm, Bill Stent <> wrote:

> This morning our friend John Gamblin passed away, after a lengthy illness.
> I first emailed John after having read one of his typically off-beat posts to 
> Birding-Aus.
> The conversation lasted 15 years.
> Like many of us, I can say I've never met anyone who had such a different 
> on-email and in-person demeanour.  Receiving emails from John was equal parts 
> hilarious and baffling. In person, John was thoughtful, lucid and caring, but 
> always with a Goon Show-esque sense of humour.
> The moderation team were lucky enough to spend Australia Day with John, who 
> shouted us the entire barbecue. He was at that stage in palliative care, and 
> was in fine form.  He was just as chirpy on Saturday when I last saw him. He 
> was chuckling cheekily about the prospect of Tony Russell ever seeing the 
> Crested Honey-buzzard in Perth. I'm attaching a beautiful portrait of John 
> taken by Ruth on Australia Day. I hope Ruth doesn't mind.
> Good bye, John, I am honoured to have been your friend.
> Bill
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