Edited by Doug Nye, 29 July 2013 - 20:28.
Jump to content
Posted 29 July 2013 - 20:23
Edited by Doug Nye, 29 July 2013 - 20:28.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 20:52
Posted 29 July 2013 - 21:51
Posted 29 July 2013 - 22:00
Sorry to emphasise the sad news that Tony Gaze passed away early this morning in Geelong, Victoria, aged 93, but I feel his stature deserves more prominent mention than in just the 'Gone but Not Forgotten' thread. Godspeed. Spare a thought now for his family and many friends.
Posted 29 July 2013 - 22:13
Posted 29 July 2013 - 23:14
Posted 29 July 2013 - 23:18
GAZE, F.A.O. (Tony)
GAZE F. A. O. (Tony)DFC and 2 Bars OAMThe Davison family mourn the loss of our beloved stepfather. Son of Irving Gaze a member of the Shackleton Trans Imperial Antarctic Expedition 1914/17.
Tony was educated at Geelong Grammar and from there attended Christ College, Cambridge. In 1940 he joined the RAF and flew Spitfires scoring 12.5 kills against the enemy, yet had to endure the heartrending experience of finding his brother Scot, who had been shot down and killed at the age of nineteen.
Some time later Tony himself was shot down over France, but escaped the Gestapo via the French underground and returned to England.
After the war he became Australia's first Formula 1 driver and via motorsport befriended our father the late Lex Davison. In 1977 he married our mother Diana, Lex's widow and resided at Nagambie and of recent years Barwon Heads.
In saluting Tony's heroic life I wish to recognise the efforts of my brother Chris who was always there to provide support and dignity to Tony, whose passing marks the end of an extraordinary era. The Davison family salute you and will cherish our time with you always. Jon, Charles and James Davison.
Published in Herald Sun on 30/07/2013
Posted 30 July 2013 - 07:34
Posted 31 July 2013 - 11:00
Posted 03 August 2013 - 09:07
Posted 04 August 2013 - 08:40
Posted 04 August 2013 - 14:07
Posted 15 August 2013 - 10:51
Edited by cooper997, 15 August 2013 - 10:55.
Posted 15 August 2013 - 14:47
That all sounds wonderful, Thank you very much for posting it.
I'm happy to report that Tony Gaze received a well deserved Memorial Service today at 2pm.
The Geelong Grammar School chapel was the venue and although not filled to capacity was still well attended with family, friends and enthusiasts. An exclusive school in which Tony's parents had sent him in the early to mid 1930s. Before he headed for Cambridge.
Chris Davison can be rightfully proud of his efforts in giving his step-father a very suitable send off. Eulogies were read by Alec Moore (second cousin of Tony), who covered the early years of Tony's life and in a small part some family history prior to Tony arriving in February 1920. Chris then introduced Stewart Wilson, journalist and Tony Gaze biographer. Stewart regaled some of Tony's war years with the RAF and his Spitfire sorties in the UK and across Europe. Back to Chris, he then brought former F1 driver, Tim Schecken to the pulpit to tell the motor sporting activities Tony was involved in.
Spread amongst the Service was a couple of Hymns and Prayers, plus a Bugler played the 'Last Post' Also step-grandson and current V8 Supercar driver, Alex Davison read a poem. Chris Davison then summed things up with the time he spent with Tony and his first wife, Kay in the UK while playing Rugby and Tony marrying into the Davison clan after Kay's passing. To finish, he then announced that Lord March has agreed for Tony's ashes to be scattered at Goodwood. Indeed fitting.
We then all filed out of the church and gathered just outside the church, near Geelong Grammar's sports field where many chatted. After about 5 minutes, Chris then piped up and everybody went quiet. It was about to be a very special announcement for those gathered and one I had eluded to in post 6 of this thread, but unexpected in the skies over Geelong at the time of writing it. Chris telling us that "On Monday I received a call from Temora Air Museum. Would I like a Spitfire to do a fly over?" He also mentioned that it was their Mk8 Spitfire and not their Mk6. Within seconds of this announcement as we looked to the skies, out over Geelong's Corio Bay there was the Spitfire coming towards us and before we knew it, it had come down to what I would estimate less than 150metres overhead. To the gathered crowds immediate applause. Before sweeping upwards into a loop to the left and do another low fly past across the sports field this time, then out over the Corio Bay. This then brought it back from its original incoming direction and back down over the top of us again. Sweeping to the left to begin what would be the final fly past across the sports field. The Spitfire then headed for the clouds and perhaps with a tinge of irony as we watched it gather altitude, there was another small plane, that from where we stood looked like a collision course for both. Maybe just a salute to Tony's wartime dogfight prowess! But I suspect this one was definitely unplanned for.
A Spitfire over Geelong, who would have thought! I suspect that for many gathered, including myself, it was the first and possibly only time we will witness the sight and sounds of a Spitfire in action.
Overall it was indeed a special tribute to, not only a special Australian, but a man of unique attributes - the likes we will never see again.
PS - I'm happy to scan the 'Order of Service' for inclusion here, if there's someone who will volunteer to post it for all to see.
Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:37
Edited by cooper997, 19 August 2013 - 12:24.
Posted 30 August 2013 - 02:09
Posted 01 October 2013 - 04:25
According to CAMS news, Tony and Diana have left a $50,000 donation to:
The Australian Motor Sport Foundation, established in 2001 by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).
AMSF is aimed at fostering young talent in Oz.