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Passing of FWOSY Bruce Spender

Death Notices, Obituaries, Remembrances of Departed Shipmates
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bowline
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Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:56 am
Real Full Name: Max Hemmy
Rank and Rate/Category: LSSIG
Enlistment Date: 03 Apr 1965
Date of Discharge: 03 Apr 1977
Ships and Depots Served: Leeuwin, Duchess, Cerberus, Duchess, Harman, Perth, Stuart, Cerberus, Harman, Vendetta, Derwent

Passing of FWOSY Bruce Spender

Post by bowline » Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:13 am

Sad news of the passing of FWOSY Bruce Spender on 3/9/18.
Another loss of a great bloke.

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peter06
Posts: 7
Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:54 am
Real Full Name: Peter K Naughton
Rank and Rate/Category: CMDR
Enlistment Date: 13 Jan 1975
Date of Discharge: 03 Nov 2002
Ships and Depots Served: RANC, VAMPIRE, MELBOURNE (CVS), WATSON, SNIPE, SWAN, STALWART, ATTACK, BRISBANE, SYDNEY, HOBART, ADELAIDE, CERBERUS, NEWCASTLE, MHQ

Re: Passing of FWOSY Bruce Spender

Post by peter06 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:02 am

Bruce was the CPOSY at RANC in the mid to late 1970s - he "taught" us morse code / flags etc and worked closely with other members of the training staff to try and make the Cadet Midshipman into proper trainee officers, with varying success of course! Until the arrival of CPOs on divisional staff we hardly ever had any interaction with senior sailors - he and the other Chiefs set a fine example to all the very young officer trainees. He was also a strong supporter of the Australian Rules team at Creswell. If I recall correctly he was later awarded an OAM as Fleet Yeoman. After leaving the RAN I believe he lived in Nowra with a second career in the finance industry. Will be sadly missed. Commiserations to his family and friends.

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peter06
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Joined: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:54 am
Real Full Name: Peter K Naughton
Rank and Rate/Category: CMDR
Enlistment Date: 13 Jan 1975
Date of Discharge: 03 Nov 2002
Ships and Depots Served: RANC, VAMPIRE, MELBOURNE (CVS), WATSON, SNIPE, SWAN, STALWART, ATTACK, BRISBANE, SYDNEY, HOBART, ADELAIDE, CERBERUS, NEWCASTLE, MHQ

Re: Passing of FWOSY Bruce Spender

Post by peter06 » Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:58 pm

Update on his award - actually a BEM! Thanks Sandy Powell for this advice!!

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