Mike when your Mum phoned me to say what had happened on that fearful day I was shocked with disbelief and complete sorrow. The pain was so real it crushed my heart. You were so tough, you were the real "Crocodile Dundee" you mastered so many major incidents. How could you bow out of this life in such a sudden way. You fought in Vietnam with the famous Anzac Batallion with Commanding Officer John Church, 12 months in that jungle to earn the freedom for the people. Well darling boy the Australian people who decided your battalion should be in Vietnam need have no doubt, you did the job you had been sent to do, and you did it well. Your Commanding Officer John Church was so proud of you guys he said your battalion was second to none. He was compelled to write a book about the way you guys fought day and night for 12 months in order to get freedom and that you won that freedom.
For his men who he admired so much, there was only one fitting title " second to none" Now I have talked about the man Mike let me talk about the adorable little blonde haired boy who everyone loved here in England. So sweet, so gentle, and so well behaved. When I held your hand each day and walked you to the corner shop you never asked for sweets, you would say " buy me two marbles Deanie will you?" So I always did.
When I came for a visit to Australia I bought you two marbles. You still have them I believe. The other day I was feeling quite sad, I went down the garden to peg out my washing and there by my feet was a marble. I think a squirrel must have brought it that sign made me smile Mike because only you would send a squirrel to give me a sign. Thank you Mike I felt so much better. My gentle little boy, who would have thought that you would turn into this tough - rough - hundred mile an hour Cowboy?
It was great to witness when Dorian and I came over to spend a long holiday with you,. Then so funny when you got two little old ladies coming up to the age of 70 at the time to ride your horses. Your energy was boundless. Mike it rubbed off on us and helped us to continue working until we were 84 years old.
I can almost see you smiling down now from heaven saying " good on ya" my two little Aunties.
What about the time Mike you decided to take us to see the Pacific Ocean. You said I know a short cut. Well looking down Mike I could see the tops of the trees in the rain forest hundreds of feet below. We said Mike this is scary ! You said it's ok girls we've got at least 6" of ground beyond the wheels of the truck. Don't look down! We didn't take a second look that's for sure. Wow! I swear the ground was the same width as the truck. Our Crocodile Dundee fearless, but you kept us safe.
Our irreplaceable - unforgettable - Unique Mike because you had to leave this earth to early. The good Lord " Fast Tracked" you into heaven. He knew you would not want to leave slowly. May the peace of the Lord be with you on that special Price plot mountain top. May the bond of our families love surround you Love Auntie Deanie and the Bunny People Huge Hugs xxxx