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Vale Tom Ogley

31 May 2016

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Much-loved Mission to Seafarers gardening volunteer Tom Ogley passed away on Thursday, May 19 after a short illness.

Mr Ogley, 84, tended one of Docklands’ few green oases, turning a neglected area of the mission into a peaceful, contemplative grotto.

In praising Mr Ogley’s contribution, mission CEO Andrea Fleming said: “Tom will be well celebrated and remembered here and, having spoken to him, he was peaceful and prepared for the journey that has taken his spirit to the Lord Jesus where I have no doubt he will tend to the most beautiful gardens of heaven.”

When Docklands News featured Mr Ogley in our Docklander column in September 2013, he explained that he moved to Docklands from the Mornington Peninsula to be closer to the nightlife.

At that time, he was driving two or three times a week into the city to dance rock and roll at inner city night-spots.  He was also an accomplished tap dancer.

Asked about his secret to a successful life, Mr Ogley said: “I can’t put my finger on anything except maybe luck. Although I would say it’s important not to stress out. The next day or the next week you’ll wonder why you did.”

Ms Fleming said she visited Mr Ogley the day before he died and he gave instructions about the garden.

“He gave instructions for the garden and planting of the spring bulbs and he shared his thanks for being part of the team with the special duty of tending to our garden,” Ms Fleming said.

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