Farewell Eric

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Last week a friend of ours, Eric Tetlow, passed away. He was a great mate of my Dad, and a man who was always interested in how my brothers and I were. I remember going to Erics place in Bundoora when we were young, for long dinners, and lunches. Eric was partially responsible for a number of my firsts. I was first exposed to computers at his place, as he had an Atari, or Commodore 64 or something. A highlight of visiting his place was getting to play donkey kong on it.

Eric always had a great affinity for the bush. For several years Dad, my brothers and I would head to the high country with Eric, for camping and hiking. I remember going at least twice. These trips were something that were completely outside of my normal environment. I'm not sure I showed a great deal of grattitude at the time. Learning to cope with a million flies trying to share my food was a little bit of a struggle. The idea that Dad would cook was also quite unfamiliar.

But I also remember hiking to Tabletop mountain, horse riding at Dinner Plain, and walking almost out to Feathertop. The hike to Feathertop had a couple of firsts for me as well. It is one of the earliest memories I have of my Dad having knee problems. While we were walking the weather deterioated. Phill and I turned back about 30 minutes before the summit, but Anthony and Dad kept going. We eventually all got back safely, but not after Eric, Phill and I had been waiting for a while. I also saw my first mountain bike riders on that walk.

Farewell Eric, you'll be sorely missed.

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