Vale Tom Ohman

It is with great sadness that the Club advises that our long standing member, friend, and FCC Life Member Tom Ohman  passed away last week. He was delighted to have reached his 90TH birthday on the 17TH of October last . He was always proud to be invested as a Life Member of FCC. 

He joined FCC in the 1940’s as his older brother John was an enthusiastic member. His sister Dorothy was also a regular paddler. At the time canoes dominated our club and other clubs such as Rudder Grange at the end of Alphington Street. Tom was selected for the Melbourne Olympics in 1956 to represent Australia. Tom and his partner Billy Jones from Essendon Canoe Club achieved 5TH place in the final of the 1000 metre Canadian Pairs Championship—a significant achievement. At that time Olympic representatives had to fund themselves for the honour of representing their country—they were provided with a uniform.

Eulogy for Rose’s funeral – Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Eulogy for Rose’s funeral – Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Dear Rose,

I’m writing this letter as you left suddenly and there was still so much to be said. Not just by me. Lots of your friends have expressed sadness and regret that they didn’t get a chance to express how they felt. 

It’s funny isn’t it?    We have such strong feelings for each other but we adopt the attitude of ‘we can express that at another time, when it really counts!’ As in this case, often that time never comes.

Darebin Double Dippers’ tribute to Rose Curtis

It all started in 1996 when Rose went on a Rutherglen winery walkabout weekend with a mutual friend and suggested that she’d like to learn to kayak and do the Murray River marathon. Rose met Carolyn Dun, who knew Janice Lane who knew Louise Ray. Rose had been in a kayak before and knew which club to join, the Fairfield Canoe Club. It was the beginning of the Darebin Double Dippers.

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