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2 August 2013

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It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of our dear friend Bob Vino. To Janice and the family go our condolences. The funeral will take place this week in Bob`s hometown of Mornington, Victoria - 10.30am Friday 9th August 2013, St Macartan's Parish Church. Bob had not been that well for a time but his passing was unexpected.

Bob`s first sortie into PNG brought him to us in Panguna, arriving in `73 and departing in `79. For much of this time he was a Leading Craftsman in the Pit Workshop. He returned to PNG for several 2 to 3 year stints including with Bechtel (in Tabubil), Warren Plantations, and Wamp Nga Motors, in Mt Hagen. When Bob related to me his experiences in Mt Hagen the place sounded like something out of the Wild West. For the last 20 years Bob had been self-employed and then went into retirement.

No doubt our recollections of Bob will vary some. Bob's ad hoc opinions and his wise advice were always available to us. Bob had this wonderful slow, dry and engaging manner of speaking. If one had business with Bob, one would always come away from the meeting significantly less stressed than when one set out.

You will be missed, old mate.