A (Steve) McQueen.
Wednesday 4th April 2001, sixteen members attended a
farewell ceremony for our shipmate Steve McQueen.
President China delivered a
stirring eulogy and Rear Admiral Kennedy presented a white ensign to his mother.
Steve was living in Cairns, North Queensland and had
come to Perth on the advice of his legal team to consult with
Chairman and Advocate China Hammal. Steve had contracted mesothelioma, asbestos in the lungs
and knew he was not to be with us for the
Fortunately his mother and two brothers lived in W.A.
so he was able to re-unite with them in his time of need. Unfortunately, he
passed away the day before his appointment with China.
For those who didn’t know Steve he was a kellick
stoker (Diesel), R62147. A direct entry recruit who joined 6th May
1963 and did
his basic stoker training at Cerberus, Steve served in a number of ships -
Gascoyne, Sydney, Moresby, Melbourne, Archer, Buccaneer and Stalwart. At one of
those postings he was infected with the dreaded asbestos we
all fear and it took
his life much too soon.
Vale Steve McQueen shipmate of many. May you find that golden wheel spanner
wherever you are.
LEST WE FORGET
My mother, brother and I would like to take this opportunity to thank
you, and the members, and their wives, who
attended my brother Ian’s funeral, for their kind thoughts and support on the
day, and also for the help and advice
during this difficult time. Again “Thank you very much”. Yours faithfully Malcolm
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