Volunteering has been a big part of Garry’s life. He started volunteering with the SES in 1987 and has been involved with countless storms and natural disasters.
These included the 1989 Newcastle Earthquake, numerous storms and large flooding events throughout NSW, the Pasha Bulker Storm, and the 2015 Super Storm just to name a few.
At Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue, Garry aims to promote the great work that the other volunteers in the unit do for the local community via social media, television, and printed media.
He has been working at Big W Mount Hutton as a Customer Greeter for the past 20 years, where he welcomes customers at the door and helps them in any way that he can.
Many came to know him as “the guy at Big W with the cartoon ties”.
This has come about because he collects cartoon ties and never wears the same tie twice in a year because he has so many of them.
My kids, or I should say, grown-ups. My daughter Belinda works at Scenic Travel – she helps organise travel tours throughout the world and is really looking forward to tours ramping back up post COVID.
My son Cameron runs Papa Al’s Bakehouse at Mayfield. I encourage you all to try his vanilla slices, they are pretty good. I met my partner, Allison, at Big W, where we both work; I finally asked her to marry me on New Year’s Day – she said yes!
I can often be found plane spotting, whether it be passenger planes or the military fast jets at Williamtown. I sit and wonder ‘where are they off to’? Sometimes I am able to plane spot at Sydney Airport – there is a great spot there to watch the planes come and go just below the control tower.
CHEERING ON THE KNIGHTS
During the winter, I enjoy sitting in the freezing cold cheering on the Newcastle Knights at McDonald Jones Stadium.
I’ve seen many losses, but I’ve also seen so many great wins that have lifted the spirits of the supporters and the town. The Knights will always be “my team” and my favourite Knights player is David Klemmer.
I can watch trains just as much as I watch planes. I’m always keen for a train trip, I don’t really need an excuse for a ride on trains or light rails.
It’s nice to just sit there, relax and watch the world go past the window.
Even though we haven’t been able to do much this year due to COVID, I enjoy small trips away with Allison. We often head to Sydney and stay somewhere nice and act like tourists.
I like to explore around the city, go on a ride on the Manly Ferry and always end up having a stroll around Darling Harbour.
If I’m lucky, I go and see a show at the Capitol Theatre.