Farewell Colin Jones - compiled by Diane Boyle from comments by Colin's class members, and with thanks to Mac for his photo of Colin
Colin led the Tales of the Sea course for over 10 years at U3APP. His topics were wide-ranging from naval battles in every sea over the centuries, to histories of the Victorian Navy, ship construction, exploration of Australia by sea, even a series of talks about the Hornblower books. His extraordinary knowledge also gave us talks on the Melbourne cable cars and blimps. His talks were full of interest as he was a good story-teller and had a twinkling sense of humour. His passion for history and for ships shone through. He brought to class many an interesting book, including several of the over seven books he wrote, and vast numbers of pictures of ships and maps. He loved songs such as sea shanties and Gilbert & Sullivan, parts of which he would sing to us from time to time.
Many of his class members returned year after year to listen to the fabulous tales Colin had to tell. He had an encyclopaedic mind filled with anecdotes that kept the class of Tales of the Sea enthralled.
A celebration of his life was held at the Albert Park Yachting and Angling Club at which his wife Robyn read an obituary which Colin had written for himself prior to his death.
Tales of the Sea class - written by Jill Hearman
When I was on duty in the office I always looked forward to Colin’s visits on Thursday afternoons when he came in to run his class. He was always so cheery and obviously enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge about ships and the sea.
I admired him enormously for continuing to teach despite his ongoing cancer treatments.
We have lost a born teacher and a delightful man in Colin Jones.