WARRANT Officer Kevin ‘‘ Skeet’’ Parker has given 40 years’ service to the RAAF and now he’s going through a tough time his mates are determined to pay him back.
WOFF Parker, a reservist with No 27 City of Townsville Squadron, was away in Sydney on predeployment training at the beginning of February ahead of a planned stint in the Middle East.
However a double tragedy struck while he was away with first Cyclone Yasi causing extensive damage to his Alligator Creek property and then his beloved wife of almost 29 years Patricia Lee ‘‘ Bunny’’ Parker dying the day before his return.
No 38 Squadron’s WOFF Dean Bastian has been close mates with WOFF Parker for 30 years and together with WOFF Craig Smith, WOFF Glen King, SQNLDR Rex Kidner and a number of others, they were determined to help him get back on his feet.
They were also motivated by their affection for Bunny who was a regular smiling face at the RAAF base.
Thanks to generous donations from the Greenbank RSL subbranch and the RAAF Welfare Trust Fund, friends from RAAF Base Townsville have started clearing away broken trees, constructing a new driveway and repairing the pens Skeet and Bunny used in their roles as long term volunteer wildlife carers.
‘‘ Skeet has never been a person to ask for anything in his whole life,’’ WOFF Bastian said.
‘‘ But when Craig and I came out to visit him after Bunny had passed away, we knew we had to do something to help him in his time of grief.
‘‘ He couldn’t say no because we’re his mates and we wouldn’t SUPPORTIVE: LAC Justin Mountey 38 SQN, Cpl Jason Graham 38 SQN, WOFF Craig Smith 38 SQN, WOFF DaEn Bastian 38 SQN, SQN LDR Rex Kidner 38 SQN, WOFF Kevin ’ Skeet’ Parker; WOFF Glen King 38 SQN, Cpl Leigh Eastwell 1AOSS Airfield Engineers and LAC Kayne Jones also 1AOSS Airfield Engineers