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Gregory James (Greg) Crawford (1960–1986)

from Australian Forestry

Greg Crawford, n.d.

Greg Crawford, n.d.

On the 5th of January this year Greg [Gregory James] Crawford drowned whilst diving off the East Coast of Tasmania. He was 26 and was to be married in February. At the time of the accident Greg was collecting crayfish to be eaten at the reception. His fiancee Sally Vance and her brother Ken were with him and battled for two hours trying to save him.

To say his death was tragic is inadequate. No finer chap has ever been known by the writer of this obituary and it is with great sadness that the loss of Greg from the Institute is recorded.

At ANU Greg was active in every way from football, surfing, secretary of the Forestry Students’ Society to the winning of the Doug Brodie Memorial Award. He was popular, genuine and always smiling.

Greg spent a short time in Western Australia and Victoria after university, then secured a job with A.P.P.M. in Tasmania. It was a job he enjoyed for four and a half years, involving logging supervision in the north and, later, private forest management planning in the east. He supported the State’s forest industries and was active during the decision on the renewal of export woodchip licences through the running of forest tours and through letters to politicians.

While at Triabunna Greg played in a major league Australian rules team, won best and fairest player for his home team in the country association and was vice captain of the A grade tennis team.

He was an active I.F.A. and A.F.D.I. member and was highly respected and regarded by the people of A.P.P.M. In recognition of this relationship the building of a tennis pavilion commemorating Greg will be funded by a grant from his employer.

Greg was greatly admired and was the type of forester that enhanced the image of foresters within the communities in which he lived. He will be sadly missed by his fiancee Sally, his parents Joyce and Colin, his brother Mark and his many friends in the Institute and outside.

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