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Allan Jensen
No 8 Armfitt 1952

 

JENSEN, Allan Christian, RAAF A12116, aged 75 years, of Willowbank. Dearly loved Husband of Daph, much loved Father, Father-in-law and Grandfather of Christine and Ian, Vicki and Paul, Greg and Carolyn and their Families. Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Allan's Funeral Service to be held at 10.00a.m. Wednesday, 25th June, 2008, in the Chapel of Centenary Memorial Gardens, 353 Wacol Station Road, Sumner. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia would be appreciated. Envelopes at service. LEN RUSSELL FUNERALS Phone 3812 3122

Thanks to Allan Jones who rang to let me know about the funeral.

Ron Brett
 
 
It seems such a long time ago, yet I remember the time well. I was a brand new ex-apprentice gaining some experience at the Canberra and Sabre hangars at the Depot at Amberley. Allan was our Corporal, under SGT Lofty Boyd, and the two resident LACs were Barry Hodgson and Allan (Punchy) Adams. Well, Allan Jensen was an outstand type of supervisor for we young fellows to train under. Always encouraging, yet had a wicked sense of humour. The first time I ever took my then girlfriend to a mixed Armourers' bar-b-que, Allan saw us arrive, quickly grabbed me by the arm and hauled me off to where the keg was, and said to my girlfriend, "You won't need him anymore!". Later I worked under Allan at 82 Wing until I was posted to Butterworth. I later saw him from time to time at various Armament or squadron functions at Amberley. He was a fine NCO.

Kind Regards, .

John Clarkson
 
 
 
Today the last farewell was held for fellow Gunnie, Al Jensen at Centenary Memorial Gardens.

A large gathering of Allan's family and friends attended the Service.

A welcome was given on behalf of the family by Celebrant, Rod Schafferius.

This was followed by the Eulogy given from the heart by Allan's son Greg.

Then, Ossie Baker from the Ipswich Golf Club and a close family friend spoke on the " Reflections of Friends "

A Poppy Service then conducted by Ipswich RSL club President, Ray Townsend.

A very moving " Last Post " was played by Mitchell King on the violin.

Rod, closed the Service.

After the Service, refreshments were served at the Gardens.

The following Armourers [Gunnies] attended the service..........

Mick Boyle
Alan Jones
Les Fulloon
John Best
John Larsen
Col Reed
Dick Horder
Fred Howie
Bill Black
Ron Brett

Farewell Allan ...... Rest In Peace .

Ron Brett

 


Like John Clarkson it was a long time ago and I came to Amberley before John. My first recollections of Allan were at the Wing and remember him as a good man, always ready to help and encourage us younger gunnies along. Which looking back was what most of us needed and not some of the harsher treatment metered out by some others. Thankfully there were more like him as he seemed to understand that youth lacked wide world experience, although we may have thought differently at the time.

Sorry to hear that he may have succumbed to the dreaded prostate cancer as I have been there but with early intervention was rid of it. To Daph, Christine and Ian, Vicki and Paul, Greg and Carolyn and their Families, My wife and I extend our condolences and wish you all the best for the future.

RIP another fine Gunnie,

Regards, Ken & Bev Kane.

 

On behalf of my family I would like to thank all those who took the time to pay their last respects to my Father, Allan Jensen, by attending his funeral on Wednesday 25th June 2008. My father’s time in the service was always a source of great pride for him and our family and to see so many of his past Gunnie mates after so many years was of particular comfort to my mother, Daphne.

I know my father was proud to have been an Armourer and the kind wishes of so many demonstrated the type of mate-ship of which he was proud.

Thank you

GREG JENSEN
 
 
 
Ray Townsend, President Ipswich Branch of the RSL.

WE are gathered here to pay last tribute to a beloved comrade Alan Christian Jensen who served in the defence of our nation with the Royal Australian Air Force.

On behalf of all members of the RSL and particularly the members of the Ipswich Sub-Branch where Alan was a member for several years, and the veteran community I convey to his immediate family our most sincere sympathy.

A special bond exists between all service persons and today as we celebrate the life of our good mate Alan, we remember the good times we spent together with him. Not only the times we spent in the service together but the get togethers at re-unions, ANZAC Day, Diggers days on the golf course or whatever.

Alan joined the RAAF in the nearly 1950s and while stationed at Amberley in 1956 he married Daphne which was the beginning of more than half a century of marriage. After Alan and Daphne were married they like all other service personnel moved around quite a lot.
During his service career as an Armament Fitter Alan was posted to several RAAF Bases which included Williamtown in NSW, Malaysia on a couple of occasions, Amberley more than once, Darwin, Melbourne, Port Moresby, Cocos Island, Woomera and eventually back to Amberley for discharge just short of 30 years in the service. Of course during that period he would have been on numerous attachment around the country which was just part of service life.

Alan was greatly admired and loved by his family, to us who knew him he was a good mate and he will be sadly missed.

How well he served his fellow man in addition to that service is well known to fellow members of the RSL who are assembled here with me mourning the passing of one who was loyal to the cause with us.

As we assemble here remembering his many qualities, we join in silent pledge to sink whatever differences we have with each other and extend the hand of comradeship and carry the tradition of unselfish service to the bereaved and to the highest ideals of citizenship. His body is buried in peace and his name liveth for evermore.

Ron Brett