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Gordon & Viv Leslie

In 1984 a lovely couple arrived in the small country town of Bannockburn to take up duty as Postmaster. They had a distinct English accent so their heritage was clear but they came here having lived and worked in South Africa for a time.

Gordon came to visit Australia with Vivien his late wife, in 1984 and never left! 
The idea was to visit his relatives’ places of birth and travel the length and breadth of Australia.  Much of which they did. 

His daughters Claire and Alix, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren may have been Australian citizens too had family circumstances not prevented Gordon and Vivien arriving in Australia in the mid 1950’s.

Gordon loved Australia and all things Australian, was adamant that this was the place where he wanted to rest.  

Gordon and Viv Leslie settled quickly into the local community and quickly learned the ropes of running a country post office and mail run. Viv complimented her work at the post office, which was also their home, by working at Grace McKellar Aged Care in North Geelong.

Gordon was Bannockburn Postmaster for 14 years, retiring in 1998.  During this time he saw many changes introduced to the post office, including the upgrading to fax machines and computers for many of the administrative functions. 

He will be remembered for his helpfulness, kindness and generosity.  Many children were delighted to receive a reply to their Christmas request letters to Santa aka Gordon! Our adult daughter still shares her delight at receiving her letter from Santa.

Gordon was an active participant in the life of the Bannockburn community in many ways. He served 28 years as a member and Chairperson (19 years) of The Cemetery Trust, as a member of the Golf Club and latterly President of Probus for a year. He was also a Justice of the Peace, only retiring from this position early this year.

Gordon will be fondly remembered for his warmth, kindness and good humour by members of St John’s Anglican church where he was a regular worshipper, 

A  man of deep faith and a true gentleman in every sense.

Gordon was always gracious and encouraging. Despite preferring the more traditional liturgy Gordon was always delighted to see young people attend the less formal services.

He was always up for a lively discussion on current affairs, or faith, but his favourite topic was the love of his life - Viv. Gordon never tired of reminiscing on their lives and love, it was inspiring to share these memories with him.

Now reunited with Viv, Safe in the arms of Jesus.

“Love never dies—agreed!”      Vale

He will be sadly missed by his family and all those who knew him.