From:                              Marilyn [johmaz@telstra.com]

Sent:                               Sunday, 1 November 2009 8:26 PM

To:                                   geoff@australasianzookeeping.org

Subject:                          AZK web site

 

Hi, My name is Jo I worked at Palm Beach Currumbin Rugby Union Club where Des spent many of his evenings/afternoons to have a beer or “apple juice” (rum and water) after work, and unfortunately for all of us that knew him – that was where his funeral/wake was held; as someone who doesn’t have their own family around this country Des was my “Aussie” Dad, if I had had enough of people that were drunk or having a hard time I knew I could always look up from the bar and see Des looking at me making sure I was all right and as someone who is quite small in stature in a bar with Rugby players that was very reassuring.  No-one “messed” with me while that truly beautiful man was around.  I remember putting my hands up with his and my tiny hands seemed so insignificant. I was always protected.   Then as an animal lover I loved talking to him about his stories.  As much as he had achieved he was so un-pretentious.  My heart has always gone out to Liz, Jaz and Mel, Liz being another person that constantly is a care giver – but for special needs children, as well as her own beautiful girls.  The two of them have made a constant imprint on this earth, Des always will in spirit – he is always with us and the animals, and Liz is still doing it to this day with the kids that she helps in every day life and has helped me with my own special needs child. She is a strong woman I think of her every day and think about the two of them as a couple and the way they implanted their impressions on all of us who met them together.  The best thing I ever did career wise was start at that Rugby club where for sure by 6.30 there he would be this beautiful man with a “hello jo jo my darling” VB please – or maybe an apple juice.            

Love you always Des, forever looking into the sky talking about how you touched my heart.  – Jo McCoy

P.S. THIS IS FROM  A FRIENDS COMPUTER – WAS JUST SO TOUCHED BY HIS TRIBUTES – IF I NEED TO BE CONTACTED PLEASE DO ON samandmax_308@hotmail.com,

 

THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS FOR DES J    -     BLESS HIS GIANT HEART!!!!!