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Doug Pollard is a veteran gay journalist, columnist, commentator, and broadcaster specialising in GLBTI issues, based in Melbourne Australia. He often works with Rob Mitchell of the RJM Trust, "We are separate independent and unaffiliated guerilla campaigners and advocates, and the best of mates: nimble, fast-moving, unconventional and above all aiming to drive rapid change", he says.

Farewell Addam

Addam Stobbs


Here are the messages sent to me personally and to the show yesterday during the tribute on Freshly Doug. A podcast version, minus the music, is available at Really Long Link
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Messages of Condolence

So many messages of condolence have been sent to me personally, and during the tribute to Addam we broadcast on Freshly Doug that I was unable to read them all during the show yesterday.

For myself, I cannot say it better than Will Conyers did on the show, when he sang “For Good”, from the musical Wicked, in tribute to Addam:

FOR GOOD

I've heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don't know if I believe that's true
But I know I'm who I am today
Because I knew you

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good

It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you

You'll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine
By being my friend...

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a skybird
In a distant wood
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
Because I knew you
I have been changed for good

And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the thing I've done you blame me for

But then, I guess we know
There's blame to share

And none of it seems to matter anymore

Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes a sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood

Like a ship blown from its mooring
By a wind off the sea
Like a seed dropped by a bird in the wood

Who can say if I've been
Changed for the better?
I do believe I have been
Changed for the better
And because I knew you...
Because I knew you...
Because we knew you...
Joy has been changed for good.
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Peter Fortey – co-presenter with Addam of Allegro Non Troppo

I’d like to thank all the people who have called me to offer their support and also thank Joy and President Stephen Duns for their tributes for someone who was unique and tireless in their efforts to make life a better place for gays and lesbians. He’ll be remembered for his humour, intellect and tireless work not only for Joy but for various other organisations in which he was involved. For me he was an exceptional friend and someone who always had words of encouragement when I wasn’t feeling very positive. Working with him on Allegro for the past 15 years was an extremely rewarding experience. In spite of his on-air persona, in real life he was a kind and compassionate person. My thoughts go out to his family and to his partner Yoda. We shall all miss him dreadfully.


Kindest regards
Peter Fortey
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Stephen Duns – Joy President
I'd like to think that we can gradually get over the shock and initial emotion and move to remembering his positive life, his wit, his wicked sense of humour, his kindness and generosity, his ability to be, at the same time, deeply respectful and gloriously irreverent. I think we can say with confidence that his was a life well lived.

Much love

Stephen
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Dominque Haslam

I just wanted to say, like so many others, I loved Addam. I met him through our mutual friend Adam Quayle when I was the Manager at 3ZZZ, and when Adam Q called me yesterday with the news, I heard the words but it honestly didn’t sink in - and now as I write this, it is.

He was sweet and kind and so very smart and talented and I am heartbroken that I didn’t make the time to catch up with him recently despite the thought crossing my mind so often. There was always ‘next week’ and now there isn’t.

I valued his generosity in supporting me and working with me whilst in the community broadcasting sector, and the fact that we became fast friends was a blessing to me. I loved every chance to catch up with him and I am a better person for having known him – he had grace and charm and dignity and his ability to deal with all manner of people without judgement left a firm impression on me.

God Speed lovely man, I will miss you.

Dominique Haslam.
Arts Access Victoria
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James Stratton
Addam’s passing - - - has deeply touched me, I am very sad.

Addam's politically incorrect humour and outrageous wit was one of the main reasons I tuned into JoyFM. I can't imagine never again hearing him late Sunday mornings.

With the descent of political correctness upon the world, Addam was a much needed respite from a world increasingly tinged with an unremarkable hue of beige.

I hope where-ever he is, he's happy and relaxed and knows how much affected many, many persons are with his untimely passing.

Sincere condolences to his partner, Yoda and all his friends.

With fond regret,
I remain
Yours truly
James Stratton
Industry, Workforce & Strategy Division| Department of Human Services
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This is so tragic. I have such fond memories of Adam teaching me how to make radio in the taste of radio training course that he took and will forever appreciate him sharing his skills with me. My condolences to his friends, partner and family.

Sam Salvidge
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Sally Gregory
I would like to share with you the Addam Stobbs that I knew. As musician, teacher, examiner and adjudicator of a little known instrument called the Electone.

He was a very important and dedicated part of the Electone community here in Australia and will be much missed. He was very supportive of young Electonist and encouraged me even when things seemed fairly bleak for the Electone in Australia. His passing is a great loss to us all. His commitment to what he loved has had a lasting impression on so many musicians.
Sally Gregory
Dept. of Education & Early Childhood Development
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Dean Beck
Thanks guys for doing this. Hide and Seek has lost its greatest critic and a good friend. I have lost a mentor who will be greatly missed. Love to you both.
Dean Beck
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Pete Dillon
My warmest thoughts go out to all of the Joy family that knew Addam - he inspired us, he taught us, he made us all better broadcasters by asking difficult questions.

Sadness and shock will subside and we will all fondly remember the wonderful contribution that Addam made to our lives, collectively and individually. He will be sadly missed.

Cheers

pete dillon
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Phil Walcott

I didn't have the opportunity to know Addam but it's obvious that his life and legacy will have a lasting influence on so many people. Sincere condolences to all who knew and loved him.

We all breathe one last breath eventually but if we manage to leave the world in a better position than when we each took our first breath, we have truely achieved.

Vale.
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Kylie Bartel

I hope your tribute show is a healing experience not just for the community but also for you personally.

Although his reputation of being the man in the know at the station preceded him I have only recently met Addam through my role with the current Radiothon.

I can say being at the station yesterday was an experience i felt honoured to be apart of and the ways in which the staff and volunteers handled themselves was truly touching. The ability to hold each others space and allowing each person to experience their grief was such a reflection on the team at Joy.To observe each person step up and support each other through the news and also take the many phone calls coming into the station. One thing that rang true was Addam's influence as a mentor with the young people at Joy and a true, deep and real connection. Having the opportunity to see that integrity of emotion follow through into the way people processed his death was moving.

Sorry for your loss, my thoughts and dare i say prayers are there for you in the morning

Kylie Bartel
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Corey Irlam

Just heard about Addam's passing. A bit in shock. Was only speaking with him over the weekend about the fantastic work he was doing for Wear it with Pride.

Will send u a condolence email when I’m not as emotional.

We've lost a true hero this week. One I doubt can ever be replaced.

Corey

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Hugh McKenna

Addam was not only a great presenter on Joy 94.9 but a great friend to anyone who knew him. I will missed his advice and friendship at Joy. He was so nice to me and always offered me advice and gave me excellent feedback (good or bad) on my show...I will really miss him.
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Dear Danae, Stephen, Doug and the entire team of JOY,

I just wanted to express how much SYN loved Addam Stobbs.

I've personally known Addam for the last eight years through my involvement in the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and as a former General Manager of SYN.

Addam was highly regarded across the entire sector and always proudly waved the JOY flag. In my opinion he epitomised what is good about community broadcasting: he had a dedicated, tireless love for his community and the entire community. Addam had also volunteered on a number of occasions to help out SYN in planning days, workshops and events. His contribution was always welcome.

I listened to his radio program regularly - in my opinion he was at his most brilliant on the air: an exceptional interviewer and intelligent programmer.

As the President of SYN, I would like to extend our support to everyone at JOY. We are thinking of you at this sad time and also remembering the one and only Addam.

Bryce Ives
President - SYN

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Chris Jameson
Hi Doug - just a few thoughts - I'm sure they'll be mirrored 100 times over.

Addam Stobbs was the very first volunteer I ever met at JOY as an Office Admin trainee. I was training on Sunday mornings while Allegro was on air. He told me that if anyone called in to abuse him, just tell'em to piss off.

It was over the intervening years that I've learnt how very much tongue in cheek that line really was. The more I have known Addam, the more I know how much he wanted to engage with everyone, pull them into whatever the debate of the moment was, and ensure they had their say. To say he often did this by being a little controversial is self evident.

More than anything though I want to acknowlege Addams support for me since I took on the music directors role at JOY. Addam's feedback, advice and incredibly positive encouragement have helped me take on a role that I perhaps once thought was possibly beyond my capacity.

I last spoke to Addam on the phone just two nights ago. It was a discussion about training assessment deliverables and as usual he was most concerned about getting the best result for the JOY volunteers who had undertaken training under his guidance.

The amount he will be missed is immeasurable - lets hope we can all step up and aspire to be as good as he was.

thanks

Chris.
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Steve Potter

Rip mr stobbs. Im shocked and yes a very big loss thoughts and hugs to all his friends and family! Xx
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Lonnie Beetham

X for Addam, a wonderful and funny man.
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Lisa Daniel MQFF

Just like him - always contributing. He seemed so fit & healthy, so I'm finding it hard to take in. On a flight to San Fran for work later today , which sadly will probably see me miss his send off. Sending good thoughts.
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Lisa Robbins

What a shock, what a huge loss to the community and JOY, he will be greatly missed
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Gary Wilson

Noooooooooooooo An icon of JOY94.9 One of the pillars of our community. Just too much of a shock.
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Gregory Horn

Vale Addam Stobbs: Anima eius et animae omnium fidelium defunctorum per Dei misericordiam requiescant in pace.
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Rob B Bellman

My god what a huge loss. A beautiful man with a equally beautiful soul. I will always remember his smile and cheeky outlook on life. Really sad...
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David CoCo Brouwer

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1. June 18th 2010 @ 01:47. Jo Harrison Says:
His interview with Mannie de Saxe recently about Mannie and Kendall and their life of activism was one of the most respectful, beautiful and moving pieces of radio I have ever heard. It was completely engrossing and so impressive. This is a very sad loss and my condolences and sympathy to everyone who knew, heard and loved him.
Jo Harrison
2. June 18th 2010 @ 01:53. Anonymous Says:
Wow, it is with great shock that I read today that Adam Stobbs passed away. All my Hugs & Best Wishes go out to YODA, and the Stobbs family.

ANDY
3. June 21st 2010 @ 07:51. Doug Pollard Says:
Addam’s memorial service will be held on Thursday 24th June at 2:30pm. Springvale Botanical Cemetery - Princes Highway, Springvale (The main entrance is on Princes Highway (Dandenong Road), opposite the Sandown Park Hotel. Melway Map 80 Ref. F7). No flowers or floral tributes please, but donations to JOY 94.9 or Victorian AIDS Council in Addam’s name if you feel moved to do so.

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