10/07/1950 – 15/06/2015
Lyndon inspects a sick rotovator while the late Barry Orth looks on.
Good, conciliatory, gentle and wise.
If any of us can be called that when our hour is up, then we have truly lived a worthy life. Lyndon was such a man.
1950 was a good year for Penfold’s Grange, (I think Barry O’Farrell said that), and it was a good era for the baby boomers, post war growth, innovative society, bikinis, The Stones and Eric Clapton.
Lyndon was a deep thinker, he came from a background of deep thinkers. His Grandfather was the Manager of Grace Brothers, his Father, born in Dubbo, was a Prosecuting Police Inspector. Lyndon was born in Sydney and grew up around Middle Harbour, after leaving school with the HSC he did Geology at University before moving into Automotive Engineering.
He was a deadly tennis player, an accomplished sailor, most notably the Moth Class out of Middle Harbour Sailing Club and loved his cars, particularly MGs. He has two, a TC and a TF. (don’t Quote me). Both have been on the “to be rebuilt” list for a few years, I did say he was a deep thinker.
His wife Sue is the daughter of a Police Sergeant, you would expect that they met at a Policeman’s ball, in fact it was at a Policeman’s picnic. They have three children/adults if you meet them they are a reflection of their parents. When they moved to Mudgee, in the early 80s, he was the teacher in charge of the TAFE Automotive section and after training generations of motor mechanics, retired from the Mudgee TAFE about 9 years ago.
Lyndon’s involvement in community is as varied as his knowledge, he was deeply involved in TAFE at the Field Days where he developed the famous “Engine Building” competition, a crowd favourite. He was involved in Community Cars, “driving miss Daisy” he says with a dry smile, and Mudgee Arts Society, where his staring role was the props he made. In this endeavour he was anal, as with most things close enough was not good enough, if you saw his shed you might wonder, but I believe this is all his sons junk and the Mudgee Men’s Shed where his knowledge was always in demand (as we know).
Lyndon, as most Shedders, is not of the computer generation but certainly embraced it more than some. Given a passing query he could be relied on to research and document (with pictures) the operation of the Falkerk Wheel, or some other obscure issue. We will certainly miss those exchanges between his intellect and my head muscle.
Most of us don’t achieve astounding things in our life, “e=mc2” etc, but live our lives and leave as good a legacy as our God given gifts allow. Lyndon’s legacy is not only the fine family he and Sue gave breath to, but also in the many apprentice mechanics he trained during his career and with their apprentices when they say “This is the way Fieldy said to do this”.
So hail and farewell (Vale) Lyndon.