I've just received a note from a reader to let us know that Wing Commander Hedley Thomas AM, MID (retired) has died.
Wing Commander Thomas was a fighter pilot & helicopter pilot who served with distinction with 9SQN RAAF in Vietnam.
He's the father of Newscorp investigative journalist Hedley.
This notice was published in the Canberra Times obituaries today.
THOMAS, Hedley Robert AM
RAAF Wing Commander (Retired)
24 January 1940 – 14 March 2017
Dearly loved husband of Donna.
Loved and respected father, father-in-law and stepfather of Peta (Greece), Hedley and Ruth (Brisbane),
Rebecca and Brett (Gold Coast),
Kate and Paul (Sydney) and
Much loved grandfather of Candice, Ben, Georgia, Alexander, Alexandra, Sarah, James, Olivia and Mia.
Loved brother and uncle of Judith (NSW) and Claudia (Gold Coast).
To celebrate his accomplished and wonderful life, Rebecca and
Brett Frizelle will host a private function for his family and friends.
Wing Commander Thomas was a great supporter of this website.
I'd often receive a note or a call from Hedley Jr when we published something of interest to his dad - I remember one video we published with some rare footage of helicopters in operations in Vietnam - Wing Commander Thomas passed on such a lovely message and wanted to make sure all his mates got to see the video too.
When the Mona Shindy scandal erupted Wing Commander Thomas went to press:
Our condolences to the Thomas family and to Hedley, Ruth and the children in particular.
Lest We Forget.