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  1. My condolences to the family. I have not meet you Kirtley, but I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob is a legend. In 1980 Dinah Halstead and I were Bobs first NAUI Assistant Instructors, I later did my Instructor qualifying training with him, he was my teacher and mentor, an honour I will always treasure. A generous and giving man, he took me on with a contra that I help out with the boat and diving assistance. Continuous tank filling with a small compressor was a challenge. His first boat was modest, he would steer by popping his head up into a Perspex cupola. It was difficult for him starting out with around six divers crammed into a small covered boat with the dream of an improved future. He worked hard and was dedicated to developing diving in PNG and supporting his new family. Night diving out of Port Moresby, Bootless Bay to the fringing reef was the exploration of the time and Saturday mornings to dive with the moray eel called Nessie, along with the friendly potato cod (its pet name I have forgotten). Bob crafted diving into an art. It is very rare and special to see a person so beautifully proficient in aquatic skill to be completely adapted and belonging to the ocean. Truly, a salt in the veins man who will be sadly missed by those critters who reside in and those mortals who love to indulge in visiting the global oceans . Yours sincerely, Tony Gardiner, Christchurch, NZ
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