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Showcase cover image for My friend Wally

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Nobody special, just a guy that lived up the road from me.
Live to age 99
Walked past here and chatted up to age 98
Talked about any topic kept me entertained for hours.
Mind sharper than any of my chisels I tell you!
The underneath of his home full of woodworking tools and timber
A real treasure trove for me when i needed something

I thought a fitting tribute was in order
I didn't want the back falling off!
Hung it in the garage so he can keep a check on me
Pity I will not live to that age, not too many of his original friends at the funeral as a result.

Materials:- More of Grant's timber bits, reported to be Bloodwood, I know the router complained a bit and the saw smoked!

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Sounds like a good friend, Rob. With a German name that got turned Polish, unlike mine which started Polish and got turned German.
 

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Very nice tribute, Rob. I should do the same for my buddy, Brian, who never lived that long but was a great resource for me.

cheers, Jim
 

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Brilliant, nice one Rob
 

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Dave:- He told me over a period of time a very facinating story of immigration from Germany to the Bonegilla migrant camp in 1949 to cane cutting in QLD where he met his wife bought the house he lived in all his life of which he kept it immaculate to this day, I replaced the TV antenna for him, fixed a few taps and odd jobs otherwise he did it all himself.

Whenever I told Aurora I was going up to see him she always said oh see you after lunch then!!

He had some thing like 50 clocks on his back veranda!
heaps of WWII memorbillia german helmets medals etc a truely amazing place.
 

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What a awesome tribute to a man who obviously touched your life…well done.
 

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FAIW, that's why I hate to make friends and stay my obnoxious self… It's time like these that I always get lost for words and in all respect to you, you have managed to put into "write", that what I could never do. Always a loss of a friend (which I hope is not that often), or even a close acquaintance, is something that hits home more than we realise in our fleeting day to day trivial moments.
 

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A great way to show a true friendship. At least this way he will always be with you.
 

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Nice tribute.
 

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Great tribute Rob.
Wally will be keeping an eye on you for sure.

Bob
 

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Very honourable Rob…sounds like a top bloke who'd have been a treat to have known.

Maybe another for the family would also be appreciated…
 

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great tribute Rob
 

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thats a beautiful way to keep him with you forever.it's great to live that long and still be engaged with life but sad that if you live that long all your friends are gone.at least he had you as a part of his life,sounds like you two had something we all need more of.
 

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WALLY sounded like a true freind which is hard to come by these days :<))) he looks good for 99
 

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Everyone should have someone like that in their lives, nice tribute Rob.
 

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Nice frame, nice memory.
 

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Sorry for the loss of your friend. That is such a nice thing to remember him by. Congrats on your DT3
 

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It's a beautiful frame Rob and fitting for the cloth from which Wally sounds to have been cut. One's picture hanging in a friend's shop after they pass is a might fine legacy if you ask me.
 

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Thanks fellow LJs for your comments and expression of support.

I did as Crowie suggested and I have forwarded to link to his son Mark for information.
If Mark or his family would like it or something similar I would be most proud to replicate it for them
 

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Thanks fellow LJs for your comments and expression of support.

I did as Crowie suggested and I have forwarded to link to his son Mark for information.
If Mark or his family would like it or something similar I would be most proud to replicate it for them

- robscastle
very nice rc.
 
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