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4. Classmates who have passed on

posted Apr 9, 2012, 6:56 PM by Eddie Woo
Vale Vernon Moore


Vale Brian Varral

 
Vale Graeme Dibbs

Graeme died July 2006 from mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) at the age of 56. His family has no idea of where/when he was exposed to the substances causing this cancer.
 
Graeme's family hopes schoolmates will raise a glass in his memory at our reunion. He was particularly fond of dark beer and good red wine--not necessarily together! He also ate butter straight off the dish, coveted desserts rich with pure cream, and sorely missed pineapple pie.
 
Graeme and his wife Marcy, met when he was the Producer on a video that she had commissioned. They toured and bicycle-raced in Australia a few times during the 15 years they were married, and in March-April of 2006 they came back to Australia for a family wedding in Noosa and Graeme's final tour to visit family and other special destinations. Among them were Camp Yarramundi and James Ruse, where they were warmly welcomed and provided with a map to do a self-guided tour.
 
His wife Marcy welcomes early memories to share with Graeme's adult sons, if any of his classmates care to pass them along ("and can still recall of course!").
 
Marcy says “We have lovely summers here in western Canada, and have been known to fly your beautiful flag when Aussie visitors are in residence . . . so if any of Graeme's former classmates are ever in this part of the world, there is always a guest room ready for them.”
“I have already planned my next trip to Oz--to compete in the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney. It was Graeme who got me into bicycle racing--which he took up after he retired from racing motorbikes--and 2009 will be my fourth WMG. I will be riding with a special sticker on my bikes--a yellow kangaroo, produced for the memorial ride local cycling clubs did for Graeme shortly after he died. He was very highly regarded by all, locally, and forged strong connections with the Pine Rivers Wheelers over there. So between his family and the cycling community, I have a great big Australian family!”
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