Vale ex CPOCD Gary Williamson- HMAS Canberra Commissioning Crew
Garry Williamson has been tragically killed in a Motor Vehicle Accident in LAOS on Wednesday 10 November 2010.
Garry Williamson was born in Boxhiil in Victoria and was raised in Chelsea, he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a recruit Underwater Weapons Sailor on the 03 April 1979, on completion of his initial training at HMAS Cerberus he transferred to the Clearance Diver (CD) Category, he was posted to HMAS Penguin and underwent CD Training in 1980, on completion of his Training he was posted to his first Clearance Diving team for 12 months.
In 1991 he was posted to the Guided Missile Frigate HMAS Darwin for 6 months and then moved on to a Clearance Diving Team in an Operational Support role, in 1992 Garry was posted to Victoria where he served in HMAS Lonsdale and HMAS Cerberus until 1993.
In 2000 he was posted to HMAS Kuttabul and participated in Operation Gold in support of the Sydney Olympic Games, later that year he joined NUSHIP Diamantina as the Diving Supervisor and went ashore to HMAS Waterhen where he worked as Human Resources Manager until his discharge in 2002.
Chief Petty Officer Gary Wiliamson retired from the RAN 0n the 03 April 2002 after 23 years of dedicated and Loyal Service. Since his retirement from the Royal Australian Navy he has been working clearing Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company clearing land of unexploded Ordnance overseas.
Garry was a member of the Commissioning Crew of HMAS Canberra in 1981, he was affectionately know as "Baby Bubbles" and will be sadly missed by his former shipmates who along with his Family and Naval Diving Community are mourning his loss.
Toora Pub, Victoria Send Off - 2010
Garry was laid to rest at a private cremation held by his Family in Toora in Victoria. A send off was held at the Toora Pub in Memory of Gary that was attended by Friends, his wife Judy and Family.
Harbord Beach Hotel, Sydney Send Off - 08 January 2011
Members of the HMAS Canberra Commissioning Crew farewell Gary
A Send Off for Bungy was held in Sydney at the Harbord Beach Hotel - Freshwater on the 08 January 2011. Forty of his friends attended the wake to remember him
Friends and Colleauges farewell Bung in Sydney
A Tribute to Gary...More
Rest in Peace