Kudos to Bill Williams for the Facebook posts and also supplying the braai snacks, along with big Russ.
[If anyone has pics etc to add and no access here please let Russ or myself have]
Son John Hooker was out for a short spell from the UK and it was magic to also have his brother Mike and himself along with spouses and kids in attendance. Mike was a Winston regular with Middle Phase in the early days.
Dave's friend Mark brought along a bunch of mementos and albums for the boys, along with a bunch of Dave's slope award pennants - thanks for all you have done, Mark :-)
A big thanks also to Luke of Flightpro for doing the quad honours and lifting and dropping the ashes, with assistance from Dean and Rocky. Rocky lead the group in short prayer before the ashes were airlifted.
This first video shows Luke's quad taking off and dropping the ashes:
|John and Mike with their respective spouses and lightie.|
|Much of the mob that came along in the mild and pleasant conditions for the send off.|
|John and Mike with big Russ and Rocky - thanks guys!|
|Whoops camera man Dave got the hats off throw ill timed for the pic but it looked pretty special in real time :-)|
|John holding one of the number of Dave's aeries restored by Lyndon Shorer right foreground - Mark on the left.|
|Dean and Luke testing and sorting the release box.|
|Luke and Rocky loading the ashes ahead of the airlift.|
Bill's foamy with a final pass after a pleasant airlift and flight by the quad: