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04 March 2012


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Around the end of July, an article on Stan-san will be in the Chunich newspaper. Here in Aichi Prefecture Stan san is known by many people.

Two days ago, I sent Kanji practice books which were assisted by Stan-san (Kanji for Everybody) to the Australian Embassy in Japan.

Many people who know Stan-san gave us money to print them and helped to make them.

The embassy will send it to schools which are learning Japanese.

Hi Keith - I am sorry to hear about your Dad, I remember him well.

Your mum and dad were friends of my mum and dad, Jean and Keith Wiley, and I remember you used to visit us out on the farm. Peter stayed with us when he was little one time.

My sister Margaret sent me the newspaper clipping from Nowra which I just received. What an amazing man! Say hi to Susan and Peter for me too and thank you for sharing his life.

Sincere sympathy to you all.

Keith - Do you remember playing Bob Cratchitt's little son in an extract from Dickens at Nowra High School Play Day?

You were reluctant to accept the cue to leave the stage, and your Dad called you off from the wings (sotto voce).

You replied (for all the audience to hear): "But I haven't finished me pudding" in Mancunian accent.

He told me he came from Chow Bent, and then said: "I bet you can't spell it." I spelt it for him, Chequers Bent.

I'm pleased he did well in his career. Fond memories.

I was Tiny Tim in the play, Clive, which I remember reasonably well. And, yes, I also remember not wanting to get out from under that table until the pud was demolished! Good luck to you - KJ

I was one of Stan's students at Nowra High School. He is well remembered by all of us, but we had no idea of his subsequent exploits. A true inspiration.

Cycling - and the Lane Cove community where he lived for so many years - has lost a true champion. He was an inspiration.

Keith - I was very sorry to hear of your father’s death.

What an inspirational story, to have embarked on a new and successful ventures post retirement gives hope to us oldies some of whom unfortunately are merely waiting for Godot.

Keith, my condolences - your Dad had a long,full and interesting life.

Keith, members of the Rabaul and Montevideo Maru Society are thinking of you and your family at this sad time and extend deep condolences.

Sori tru long harim dispela nius long Papa bilong yu, Keith. Your dad really did live life to its fullest. Still cycling at 80!

Our thoughts are with you and the Jackson family during this time of grief. Sincerest condolences.

What a man, and what a life! My sincere sympathy as you say goodbye.

Keith, my deepest condolences to you and your family on your fathers’ passing.

I was so sorry to hear that your father has passed away. I'm thinking of you and your family and hope it isn't all too traumatic for you. Sending lots of love.

I am sorry to hear about your father - what an amazing and fascinating life he led! His variety of interests and achievements made it a life story that deserved to be told and you told it beautifully. My thoughts are with you and Ingrid. Warmest regards.

Keith - You are very fortunate to have had such an experienced, adventurous and, I'm sure, loving father for so long. He sounds like a really wonderful person.

Marie and I were very saddened to hear from Libby that your father had died. Despite his decline in recent times, he led a most remarkable life, particularly in relation to his world cycling experiences. Please accept our sincere sympathy.

I am sorry to learn of your father's passing, Keith, and trust that your memories of him will soon trump your sense of loss as you contemplate a live very well lived. My best wishes to you and your extended family.

Keith, My condolences upon the passing of your Dad. He seemed a truly remarkable character. I think you must be a chip off the old block. He did indeed achieve a great age. You must be proud of him and the memories of his life which are a unique legacy for his descendents. Trust you both are travelling safely and are coping with the added stress. Blessings.

So sorry to hear your sad news, Keith. What a lovely tribute you have written about your father, and what a great life he had. Thinking of you both,

My thoughts are with you Keith. Sounds like your father was the sort of person I wish I'd known.

Sincere sympathy Keith to you and all the Jackson family.

I sent my condolence to your family.

Keith - Condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.

That we may enjoy longevity of years and also accomplish worthwhile deeds in our lives are ambitions achieved by few.

Clearly, your father was fortunate in both and led a long and fulfilling life. Our thoughts are with you and Ingrid at this time.

Keith - my most sincere condolences to you and family on the passing of your father. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. What an inspiration!

Our condolences Keith. What an amazing Dad. Thanks for your father's story.

My sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. What an inspirational man. We can obviously still see his influence today :)

Excellent man and a great loss. But an inspiration for those who want a long and fulfilling life.

Keith, deepest condolences. Sounds like a very special person.

To have a father that leaves you with great memories is a gift to be held dear.
Deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones on your father's passing.

My sympathies Keith. What an inspiration. Thank you for sharing some memories.

So sorry to hear of your loss, Keith. It is inspiring to read the few lines you delivered above about your late father. My thoughts are with you.

Hi Keith, Sincerest condolences & thanks so much for sharing the inspiring story of your amazing Dad.

Haviing just lost my only sibling, I feel for you in your loss of your father and a great man.

Inspirational Keith. My condolences on your loss. The pain is softened when celebrating the achievements with friends.

I have passed the information to

"RBWH-Cycle-Centre RBWH-Cycle-Centre"

for their newsletter.

Keith - I am sorry for your loss. You were blessed with a great man as your father. And you honour him.

Please may I express much sympathy for you and the family Keith.

I know what you are going through.

He was a great man, a wonderful inspiration and had a fantastic and long fulfilling life.

God bless.

Keith, very sorry to hear of your loss. What an inspiring father. Our thoughts are with you.

Sorry Keith for the great loss of a mentor that nurtured you.

Without his influence on Keith, we are still in the dark caves of PNG with our written thoughts.

So sorry to hear the sad news. What a fantastic bloke he was. Those marathon cycle trips are amazing and still going in his eighties. You have written a great tribute to a great man.

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