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Memorial Service for Eric Traise – 14 August 2015

Memorial Service for Eric Traise – 14 August 2015

Eric001More than 140 people attended a memorial service today (Friday 14 August 2015) for our much loved and highly respected TCC President, Eric Traise. The service was held at University House at ANU. It was attended by family, friends, TCC members, former RAAF and Air Services Australia colleagues and local politicians. The number and caliber of those who attended today was testament to the high regard and respect in which Eric Traise was held throughout our community. The service was conducted by civil celebrant, Sharyn Gunn, with loving and moving speeches delivered by Eric’s daughters, Sheridan and Melinda. Eulogies were given by Eric’s life long friend, Darrel Williamson, former RAAF colleague, Chris Neil, former Air Services Australia colleague, Russell Cornish and TCC Past President, Darryl Johnston. It was a time for some tears, to comfort one-another and to the share fond memories. 

“Farewell to a true friend and gentleman. Your legacy will live on in our community.” See: Eulogy, Eric Traise. On 20 August 2015 the Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, paid tribute to Eric Traise in the Federal Parliament. See: House of Representatives Hansard


  1. TCC Webmaster

    Very sad to hear of Erics’ passing . He and my wife Kath were fellow travellers in the journey of cancer . My wife Kath died 3 days after Eric at Clare Holland House. Kath would say ‘haven’t heard from Eric lately hope he is alright’ . They would usually communicate on SMS .They learned of each others suffering at the offices of Professor Morris at St Georges Hospital Kogarrah in Sydney . Professor Morris gave them both extra time in this life . For my wife it was another 21 months . We are very grateful for that . They both fought the good fight . Condolences to the Traise family .

    Dan O’Brien via TCC Webmaster

  2. TCC Webmaster

    Very sad to hear of Eric’s death. He was a lovely person to work with during my time at The Chronicle. Eric was always happy to have a chat and help out in whatever way he could, without ever making anyone feel like a burden. I admired his positivity, selflessness and friendly nature.
    Please pass on my condolences to the wider council family.

    Kind regards,
    Emma Kelly via TCC Webmaster

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