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Vale:   RON TRIGWELL  -  WAPVDA # 142

We Lost Ron Suddenly On 6 September 2013

Ron was a very experienced pilot and a valued member of WAPVDA.  He had served on our Committee in the past and fulfilled the duties of Secretary during 2007.

RIP  Ron


14 February 1941  -  18 April 2013

Helen was the wife of a long serving member of this Association, Bob Simpson (WAPVDA #81), a past Committee Member. 

Helen grew up in Hokianga, North Auckland and married Bob in 1963.  They were married for 50 years & one day . . .  producing 6 little Simpsons along the way.  Over the years the family traveled Australia extensively, working on stations in the outback.

Helen is sadly missed by all her family and  friends.

RIP Helen


On 26 April 2013 we lost John to cancer.

John was well known through the general transport industry having been a truck driver for many years before gaining his pilot accreditation. Then along with his partner Jackie Keough; joined WAPVDA in October 2012 with the intention of working as a husband & wife team within the pilot industry.

In October 2010 John had undergone a lung transplant and this was a death sentence for the man as the transplanted lungs were infected with cancer (until this operation we understand that John was cancer free).

An online condolence book through The West Australian has been set up by Johns family and this can be accessed at:



We Lost Laurie On 5 April 2012 

Laurie was a long time member of WAPVDA and was a well known identity around Perth.  Laurie was regularly on air with Kalamunda Community Radio 102.5FM and was well respected throughout the local country music clubs.  He was also a gifted singer and had recorded a number of country music CD's.

On 8 April 2010 Honorary Membership to the Association was presented to Laurie in acknowledgement for his community service contributions.

Laurie suffered with prostate cancer for many years and this eventually took his life.