It is with a heavy heart that I pass on the sad news that immediate past Rear Commodore Paul Gleeson passed away on Christmas night.
Paul was an outstanding member and as a Flag Officer made a significant contribution to the development of the Club in recent years. As Rear Commodore Paul was responsible for promoting all aspects of yacht racing and in that capacity represented the Club on various yachting councils including the Yachting NSW Advisory committee in an exemplary manner. He was a stalwart of NCYC’s fledgling keel boat fleet, sailing his Beneteau 37.7 Summersalt with son Tim.
Paul and Petro have been loyal and energetic members and significant contributors to NCYC over the years. They were good to be around and the Club “lit up” when Paul and Petro were in attendance.
Paul’s good humour, friendly nature, big smile and stewardship will be sorely missed around the Club. His wise council and good humour will certainly be missed around the Board table as he had the simple but rare gift of judging people by what they can do, not by what they can’t do.
On behalf of the members of NCYC I would like to pass on our condolences to Petro, Tim, Justin, Sam, Felicity, Anna, Charnelle and Anthony during this very sad time.
Phil Arnall, Commodore