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30 September 2010


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I have just read your news of the passing of Vic Parkinson and remembered you had written last year that you had caught up with him at Orange.

What a delightful gentleman he was and I have very vivid memories of him in my time at ASOPA.

My wife Marian and I were invited, along with Phil Donnison and his wife Brenda, to represent the college at the Mayor of Mosman’s Ball in 1970.

It had a bi-centenary theme and we decided to go as the stores and supplies on the Endeavour.

Costuming was cheap: four potato sacks with the words ‘Spuds’ and ‘Limes’ painted on the sacks, with holes cut for the head and arms to go through.

The costume was completed with footy socks and boots.

We arrived at the Town Hall and nearly fell over as it was packed with people wearing extremely expensive hired period costumes and powdered wigs...

Enter the Asopans, and Vic dressed as Captain Cook was thrilled and thought it was absolutely hilarious.

To cap off the evening we took out first prize for originality.

Whenever I came across him after that in our final months he would give me a pat on the shoulder, smile and shake his head.

Our condolences to go to his family.

Thank you, Keith, for this notification of the passing of a person who was both an officer and a gentleman.

I read the very fitting obituary in the SMH of today. Mr. Parkinson will be sadly missed not only by his family members but all who knew him.

I recall his dignity and wise advice at ASOPA in 1962/63. I, in my heart, believe that the TPNG of those days was unfortunate to have not had Mr Parkinson as an Administrator of the then territory.

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr Clarke. "He was Old Mosman through and through".

Rest in peace Mr V Parkinson.

Vic was 93 and had advancing Parkinson's Disease.

I visited him a couple of times in recent years, firstly at his home in Orange where he had retired from being a farmer and then I saw him for about a half hour in his unit after he moved to a retirement home in Orange.

More recently he was in a nursing home in Orange.

Vic told me he developed Parkinson's Disease at age 80 and had never before been in hospital or needed a doctor. He was concerned that some
of the chemicals he had to use on the farm may have been a factor in his development of the disease.

I last saw Vic when he was 90 and, although I knew that the mean life expectancy after diagnosis for Parkinson's was 13 years, I didn't tell him that, but told him my sister had had the disease for over 20 years and so he had at least another 10 years to go so he may see 100.

We had a good laugh over that. Unfortunately it seems statistics beat him.

We were on opposite sides of the political divide, but I liked Vic; he was one of the liberal Liberals and we had a number if interesting and informative talks about politics.

He was proud of his work as President of the National Trust and the last time I visited him he showed me a letter he had received from the former Vice Chancellor of UNSW, Sir Rupert Meyers, praising his work for the Trust.

Vic had organised for Rupert to be on the Trust. In today's Herald Viv May of Mosman Council is quoted as saying: "He was Old Mosman through and through".

Vale Vic Parkinson.

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