Vale John Gamblin

To: Tony Russell <>
Subject: Vale John Gamblin
From: John Harris <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2016 22:37:54 +0000
Unca Tones,
I couldn't agree more!! Thanks to Rusty-lubs also for his thoughts.

Just sorry I didn't know about the BBQ...

RIP JAG, knowing that the Magpies will always be tops!!

Green J

*Yours in all things* "*GREEN"*

*John Harris BASc, GDipEd*
*Croydon, Vic*
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*Principal **Zoologist/**Ecologist*
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On 17 February 2016 at 08:31, Tony Russell <> wrote:

> Thank you Russ, you have reflected our thoughts very well. His passing is a
> sad loss of a good person and he will be missed. Ever generous with his
> thoughts and time, there are many instances when his ever cheerful
> demeanour
> has given me a lift when I have been a bit down. Quite often when his own
> situation was worse than my own. His concern was always for others.  Truly
> a
> kind friend.
> Tony.
> -----Original Message-----
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> Russell Woodford
> Sent: Tuesday, February 16, 2016 10:24 PM
> To: Bill Stent
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Vale John Gamblin
> Farewell, JAG. A sad day for us all. We've lost someone who cared - about
> birds and animals around him, without favour; about the environment; and
> most of all, about people.
> John looked after so many injured and abandoned creatures, and others have
> written about Eggy, who I was lucky enough to meet (but I'm not sure which
> generation of "Eggy" it was!). I have lots of wonderful memories of JAG.
> His baffling posts to birding-aus in the early days, ringing him to ask how
> to care for several escaped cockatiels that kept turning up in our yard,
> and
> later asking him again how to tend to a couple that had been injured.
> Visiting him on his birthday, with my daughter, and having fish and chips
> in
> the twilight in front of his house, with all sorts of animals quite
> comfortable in our presence and each others' presence. His crazy puns on
> Facebook once he'd moved to that forum (and how much joy it gave him we can
> only guess at). And just a couple of weeks ago, a wonderful barbecue that
> JAG hosted at his own expense, with neighbours, friends, and a bunch of
> birders who call ourselves the Mad Buggers - it may have been John who
> first
> used the term, I don't know, but it really sums him up. He was generous and
> caring, peaceful and thought little for comfort or possessions. Just the
> sort of person the rest of the world thinks is a bit "mad," but the sort of
> person we need a lot more of.
> And from today there is one less.
> Rest in peace, JAG.
> On 16 February 2016 at 18:19, 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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