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31 July 2012


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We had the pleasure of meeting with Tom in the late seventies while on one of his first of many visits to Ireland to establish his family origins. What an interesting individual who loved to share his experiences with us, while also showing remarkable interest in our day to day living.
A physically strong man whose gentle nature alloyed to his sense people and place made him a wonderfully interesting conversationalist. Small wonder that he was revered by those whom he encountered at home and away.Ae dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal

Although I did not know Tom Leahy, I arrived on the Gold Coast Qld in 1970 and met Peter and Ann Leahy (twins).

He would have been proud of them as they are such nice people and have been good friends over the years.

My thoughts go to his children.

It’s sad to learn the stories of the great people who were instrumental in building this nation when we could not do so in its infant state.

Young talented people like Tom Leahy, Graham Pople, Paul Bustin and Jack Karukuru whose stories are told on PNG Attitude, and of course our great contributors Bob Cleland, John Fowke, Keith Jackson and others.

They moved to PNG in 1940s, 1950s and 1960s in different areas of business, politics etc and are now in their old age. They survived so many challenges in their lives.

We appreciate your input in building this great nation. And we pay tribute to those great people who left us. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

I met Tom in the late 1960s in PNG. He was a Director of Talair and in Australia, Flight West Airlines.

A wonderful guy, great sincere friend.

There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of Tom and the memories of our 40 odd years of friendship.

We first meet Tom and his wife Pam when we did a farm stay there in 1991, and stayed in touch with them, again staying with them in 2000 when we were again in Au.

We were there in 2010, but sadly Pam had passed away. However, we spent a week with Tom in his new home in Dalby, and had a very enjoyable visit with a very intelligent and knowlegable man.

I made several attempts to contact Tom after he sent us his book, but was unable to reach him by phone or email, and feared that something was wrong.

Our daughter just sent us this information today.

God Bless you Tom, rest in peace, from your Canadian friends, Don and Marjorie Weaver.

Tom you are a true PNG. Mi hahamas lo contribution blo yu lo PNG

Great man, great friend. After living with my family and working with Tom I got to know him and had many funny times.

He talked of his beliefs in the spirit world and he always seemed to find the positives in life.

When comming back to Australia we stayed in contact. You will be greatly missed Masta Tom.

I also was sad to learn that Tom had died. I first ran into him at his place on the Markham in the 50's.

Then afterwards we ran into each other in Dalby and at Warra when he would attend the ANZAC Day ceremonies.

We chatted together about old times in New Guinea and I considered him a great friend. I'm going to miss him.

Tom was a great man and has been an inspiration to many.

His books are amazing, as he fitted so much into his 83 years.

He helped so many in PNG and also in Australia. Tom was also in local politics here in Australia, and did a great job as a member of the Wambo shire council at Dalby for several terms.

He was a big reason why my brother and I decided to work in PNG, on a fly in fly out roster.

Tom said that it would be a great experience and a big adventure, which it certainly is.

It was a excellent service today in Dalby for Tom, and he was farewelled by many. He will be sadly missed.

A man with a heart of gold who will be missed by all who knew him.

Thanks to him for the establishment of the Constitutional Planning because, from that commitee we now, have the Ombudsman Commission.

Thank you so much for being a pioneer in PNG's history.

Sincere thanks to the late Tom Leahy for a job well done.

He was truly a lion-hearted hero who ultimately billed his life for the common good of our people.

To mention a few traits of him will linger in the hearts of patriots who truly cherished and understood the spirit world and politics of indigenous Papua New Guinea.

We will all surely miss him. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Thanks to Tom Leahy. As someone from Markham you really did an excellent job during the time of my grandparents. You may rest in peace.

Very remarkable person.

Many thanks to his family and Rest in Peace.

Keith, I am sending the link to my students.

I remember I met Tom Leahy in 1971 when I was teaching at Brandi High School.

We were visited by the Administrator’s Executive Council, (AEC), which held a most interesting Question and Answer session with the assembled school.

The AEC had been set up in May 1968 to increase the degree of internal self-government. It remained an advisory body to the Administrator, Les Johnson, and included national members of parliament who were to learn the ropes, but most power still seemed to lie with the Administrator.

Tom Leahy, who was their spokesman, outlined the functions of the AEC to the students and then the students put questions to the various local members of the AEC. I was impressed by the way Tom Leahy handled his role.

As far as I remember, in the 1972 elections a Pangu candidate surprisingly beat Tom Leahy by 99 votes and it was reported that he "feared the worst for PNG".

I guess he could forsee the problems that we have been discussing on PNG Attitude. Let's hope this newly elected group of politicians will start to give their priority to "solving the problems of PNG" and put the country before self!

Rest in true peace, Markham Tom. Thanks for your contribution to PNG's nationhood.

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