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Rita e Claudio
11 years ago

If someone asks if we knew you we say you were a buino's friend of us Your sweet smile will forever remain imprinted in our memories Arrivederci Les Rita & Claudio

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Sara
11 years ago

I met Les in 2006 when I first visited Australia with Chris and thanks to him and his amazing family I had the fortune to feel immediately at home. Although we didn't' spend a lot of time together, when I got to know Les I understood where many of the qualities that I love in Chris come from: courage, optimism and a lovely sense of humor. All my memories with him come with a smile and a sense of peacefulness. I will always remember the time he showed me a blue tongue lizard for the first time because he understood that for me that would have been a great thing. Les had a rare gift, the kind that made him understand people just observing them. He was brilliant and funny, in fact I really felt part of the family when he sent me an email bragging about the victory of Liverpool over AC Milan for the Champions League. I will keep in my heart the great time we spent here in Italy with him and Carol. I am happy that he managed to meet my family and despite the language barrier he got along really well with them. I am proud to have known such a strong and good man and I am even more proud to be a part of his family. Ciao Les, ti voglio bene Sara

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Anonymous
11 years ago

ALBERT LESLIE (LES) TAGUE My name is Trevor McCauley and I would like to talk about Les who was my best friend. We first met back in 1971 when we were both fairly new technicians with Rank Xerox. From this time, a very close working relationship, personal respect and friendship grew between Les and I. About this time a third member of the friendship arrived on the scene named Terry Stone. We three were almost inseparable so much so that the barmaid at our local watering hole dubbed us “Martin, Barton & Far...Go (stolen from a Benny Hill skit), and she even had t-shirts made for each of us bearing these names. We all remained close friends to this day. During these growth years for Rank Xerox, Les and I were recognised for our performance and were rewarded with many par club trips accompanied by our wives Carol and Valerie. I still recall our very first par club trip to Fiji. I don’t think the 4 of us got much sleep at all, as it was almost overwhelming for us all to be wined, dined and entertained in a manner none of us had experienced before and we didn’t want to miss a minute of it! Around this time, I had a medical problem which required numerous surgical procedures. Les was always first in the door with a cheery smile and joke to lighten my day. This concern was still evident right up to June of last year when I had emergency heart surgery. Guess who was first in the door – Les, despite being unwell himself. His concern and friendship were an inspiration to me. Les and my career paths with Xerox followed each other over many years, from Sydney to Canberra to Melbourne and back to Sydney. In Canberra I rented a house in Duffy which Les & Carol continued to lease after we returned to Sydney . This house had an under floor storage area with a door secured by a small padlock. One weekend when Valerie was absent, a knock on the door revealed Les and Denis McKay standing at the door and grinning like a couple of Cheshire cats. During the morning some discussion came up about this under house storage and as quick as a flash somebody produced a screwdriver and within seconds the door was open. Talk about Aladdin’s Cave, not precious jewels, but wine – 100’s and 100’s of bottles, just strewn in the earth not even in boxes, just lying there, some half buried in the mud.   Of course the temptation could not be resisted and we rationalised no one would miss the odd bottle or two. There we were, three grown men crawling round in the mud shouting “look at this bottle”. The bbq that day was superb, our steak marinated (more likely drowned) in 1958 vintage Chateau Nuf de Paf . Certainly sacrilege but magnificent. The odd bottle disappeared from the now renamed “Hollywood Boulevard” over the years. Les recounted one nervous moment when the owner returned from overseas and wanted to see him. Les had visions of being castigated about missing wine, but the owner just wanted to thank him for looking after his house so well. Les, Carol, Louis & Christopher and Valerie and I spent many happy years in Melbourne , Les returning to Sydney take up a senior position in Head Office after a stint in Adelaide as State Manager. Les was diagnosed with Leukaemia over 20 years ago and during this battle and the further illnesses in the last few years, always maintained his sense of humour and love of his family and life. We remained good friends, despite our sea change to the south coast some 12 years ago. We visited Les about two weeks ago and were privileged to see him, and the bond between us was a strong as ever. Now the sad part, it is time to say farewell to my beloved friend. You are sadly missed Les, but will live on in my memory forever. I know you are now in a better place without pain or suffering, RIP my friend and may god bless you. TREVOR McCAULEY

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Trevor McCauley
11 years ago

ALBERT LESLIE (LES) TAGUE My name is Trevor McCauley and I would like to talk about Les who was my best friend. We first met back in 1971 when we were both fairly new technicians with Rank Xerox. From this time, a very close working relationship, personal respect and friendship grew between Les and I. About this time a third member of the friendship arrived on the scene named Terry Stone. We three were almost inseparable so much so that the barmaid at our local watering hole dubbed us “Martin, Barton & Far...Go (stolen from a Benny Hill skit), and she even had t-shirts made for each of us bearing these names. We all remained close friends to this day. During these growth years for Rank Xerox, Les and I were recognised for our performance and were rewarded with many par club trips accompanied by our wives Carol and Valerie. I still recall our very first par club trip to Fiji. I don’t think the 4 of us got much sleep at all, as it was almost overwhelming for us all to be wined, dined and entertained in a manner none of us had experienced before and we didn’t want to miss a minute of it! Around this time, I had a medical problem which required numerous surgical procedures. Les was always first in the door with a cheery smile and joke to lighten my day. This concern was still evident right up to June of last year when I had emergency heart surgery. Guess who was first in the door – Les, despite being unwell himself. His concern and friendship were an inspiration to me. Les and my career paths with Xerox followed each other over many years, from Sydney to Canberra to Melbourne and back to Sydney. In Canberra I rented a house in Duffy which Les & Carol continued to lease after we returned to Sydney . This house had an under floor storage area with a door secured by a small padlock. One weekend when Valerie was absent, a knock on the door revealed Les and Denis McKay standing at the door and grinning like a couple of Cheshire cats. During the morning some discussion came up about this under house storage and as quick as a flash somebody produced a screwdriver and within seconds the door was open. Talk about Aladdin’s Cave, not precious jewels, but wine – 100’s and 100’s of bottles, just strewn in the earth not even in boxes, just lying there, some half buried in the mud.   Of course the temptation could not be resisted and we rationalised no one would miss the odd bottle or two. There we were, three grown men crawling round in the mud shouting “look at this bottle”. The bbq that day was superb, our steak marinated (more likely drowned) in 1958 vintage Chateau Nuf de Paf . Certainly sacrilege but magnificent. The odd bottle disappeared from the now renamed “Hollywood Boulevard” over the years. Les recounted one nervous moment when the owner returned from overseas and wanted to see him. Les had visions of being castigated about missing wine, but the owner just wanted to thank him for looking after his house so well. Les, Carol, Louis & Christopher and Valerie and I spent many happy years in Melbourne , Les returning to Sydney take up a senior position in Head Office after a stint in Adelaide as State Manager. Les was diagnosed with Leukaemia over 20 years ago and during this battle and the further illnesses in the last few years, always maintained his sense of humour and love of his family and life. We remained good friends, despite our sea change to the south coast some 12 years ago. We visited Les about two weeks ago and were privileged to see him, and the bond between us was a strong as ever. Now the sad part, it is time to say farewell to my beloved friend. You are sadly missed Les, but will live on in my memory forever. I know you are now in a better place without pain or suffering, RIP my friend and may god bless you. TREVOR McCAULEY

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Chris Tague
11 years ago