RETIREMENT OF MR. G. W. THOMAS
By the time this issue of "Contact' is in print, "Wilf" Thomas will have already enjoyed several months of well earned retirement after 48 years on the Bank staff, but the Magazine would be incomplete without a tribute to a man who, over almost half a century, served the Bank well and made a great number of friends in the process.
Wilf started his Bank career in 1925 after leaving Waverley Grammar School and progressed through all grades to the position of a senior Branch Manager and at the time of his retirement was the longest serving member on the staff.
From 1941 until 1946 lie served with the Royal Air Force, being demobilised with the rank of Flying Officer, and spent most of his war years in the Middle East.
Upon his return, he once more applied himself with vigour to the work of the Bank and the interests of the staff. He was Vice-Chairman of the Staff Association Management Committee from 1957-1962 and Chairman from then until 1965, experiencing probably one of the most arduous terms of office since the formation of the Staff Association. He was active in the Staff social field and his baritone voice was pleasantly raised on many occasions to the satisfaction of his listeners.
He was and is a great family man and with the able assistance of his charming wife, Irene, he raised a family of a son and two daughters. With his quiet charm and sense of humour, Wilf made friends, among both colleagues and customers, wherever he went or worked and it is the sincere wish of all who have come in contact with him over such an extended period of service that he and his wife enjoy a long and happy retirement and will maintain contact as often as possible through the various staff social functions.