Vale Doug How­ick

Australasian Timber - - ASSOCIATIONS - By Gerry Gar­diner Pres­i­dent TPAA

The pass­ing of Charles Dou­glas How­ick in Mel­bourne on 1 June, 2018, af­ter a short ill­ness, has deeply touched many. Doug held many po­si­tions within the tim­ber in­dus­try, and was most no­tably the na­tional sec­re­tary of the Tim­ber Pre­servers As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia (TPAA) for 20 years, dur­ing which time he also served as the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of AEPMA for 10 years. His drive in both or­gan­i­sa­tions saw an in­crease in mem­ber­ship and a deep­en­ing of ties be­tween AEPMA and the Fed­er­a­tion of Asian and Ocea­nia Pest Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tions (FAOPMA). Dur­ing this time, he was the fig­ure­head of the tim­ber in­dus­try ser­vice club, the Hoo Hoo Club. Even af­ter re­tire­ment Doug con­tin­ued a con­stant pres­ence in the in­dus­try by at­tend­ing con­fer­ences, edit­ing news­let­ters (TVPAA Con­tact) and au­thor­ing a book. He au­thored more than 60 sci­en­tific pa­pers on en­to­mol­ogy, wood tech­nol­ogy and pest man­age­ment as well as a fur­ther 50 re­ports, con­fer­ence pa­pers and pre­sen­ta­tions. I had the chance to meet Doug back in the ’80’s at a Hoo Hoo Con­ven­tion on the Gold Coast. He struck me then as a per­son who had a strong pas­sion for the in­dus­try. At that time I was not aware of where or how he fit­ted into the Tim­ber In­dus­try. I was a TPAA Councillor in the last few years of Doug’s role as Sec­re­tary. His pas­sion was still very ev­i­dent. Doug was a com­mit­ted Sec­re­tary, ded­i­cated to the preser­va­tion in­dus­try in ev­ery way. He served many TPAA Pres­i­dents and com­mit­tees over the years and was made an Honorary Life mem­ber in recog­ni­tion of this ded­i­cated ser­vice. As the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of TPAA I would like to ac­knowl­edge Doug’s ef­forts and sup­port that he pro­vided to the as­so­ci­a­tion for so many years.

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