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Shimbo Darktree Obit: Stan Arthur (9) RE: Obit: Stan Arthur 16 Apr 04

As one of the more recent members of "The Wayfarers" (4 years?), I would like to say how much I learned from Stan. Always gentle; "Don't sing in that bloody key!", "I wish you blokes would learn to follow the leader!". Actually, I had a strong affection for Stan (cleverly disguised); I learned a great deal from him - about folk history (particularly Australian), about putting together a bracket, about stage presentation. (Many who know me will say I must be a slow learner, no doubt.) I used to enjoy driving Stan around (when he didn't feel like driving) because of his inexhaustible fund of stories and folk info. My family circumstances gave Ross (another Wayfarer) the chance to take over from me, and I note he was not particularly keen to hand it back - I'm sure he had the same enjoyment as I had!

Goodbye Stan - you will leave an unfillable hole after over 40 years of various Wayfarers with you as their captain. Let those buggers upstairs know what Aussie songs sound like; you are the best one to do it.

With fond memories,

Ian Clarke

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