Tribute to Gordon Fenwick

31 December 2007

Farewell Gordon Fenwick, Aus IFCR pioneer.

Julie Fenwick has advised that Gordon had a massive heart attack and subsequently passed away yesterday (Saturday). On behalf of our Australian IFCR members I convey our sympathy to Julie and her loving family at this sad and difficult time.

We are all indebted to Gordon as he was clearly the founding father and driving force who started the Australian IFCR movement way back in 1993. Gordon was President and Secretary in the early years, organised and managed teams to England in 1994 and 1997, and witnessed the inaugural International Festival at Fordingbridge in 1997.

He was affectionately known as “The Colonel” to us touring Aussies. He set a high Rotary and personal standard to observe when touring and this has been upheld on all following tours.

Gordon became our first Life Member of IFCR Australia, and gained immense satisfaction in seeing the membership grow from 20 to well over 200 in Australia. We thank Gordon for planting and nurturing the seeds to make this growth possible.

I know many of our fellow International IFCR members who have enjoyed Gordon and Julie’s friendship while on tour, and in their home at Adelaide, will be saddened by Gordon’s passing. In the spirit of IFCR, we have shared many great times and good fellowship with Gordon and value his significant contribution to establishing IFCR in Australia.

Ian Petherick, Aus IFCR President