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Nigel Southam






Nigel Southam
Born 16 September, 1966 ,    Died 2 July, 2004
 

NIGEL SOUTHAM

16.09.1966 - 02.07.2004

Nigel was born to Doreen and Ron on Friday 16 September 1966 at Hillingdon Hospital, just outside of London, joining Colin, Helen and Peter, and the only one then to be born in a hospital. He was a little fighter when he came into this world and was a little terror as a small boy always up to mischief. Nevertheless, he was a lovable child.

Nigel and his family came to Australia on 8 October 1974 and settled in Western Australia. Nigel always hated being the youngest, so was delighted when baby sister Paula arrived in 1976.

From the age of 14 Nigel knew what he wanted and worked hard all of his life to achieve his goals. He left school early to get a job. He first worked in a deli. He did so well the owners left him to open up very early each day and get everything prepared. His next job was as a truckies' offsider for Boans, which he loved. His favourite habit was to ask family members for some change for the bus because "he did not want to change a note". Hence he was the one with all the money in the bank!

It was a surprise when he joined the Army at 18 (following in the footsteps of Colin and Peter), but he was the one who achieved so much, ending up a Warrant Office Class 2. He loved the Army and all it entailed. He was a very proud soldier and served for 20 years. He started in Artillery, went on to become a Military Policeman and was seconded to Kapooka to train recruits and trainers.

During his career Nigel was awarded the DFSM and ASM with the Bougainville Bar. While in Bougainville Nigel discovered a WW2 US battleground while on patrol in Torokina.

Nigel relocated to Perth in May 2004 following a divorce and in readiness to leave the Army. He quickly bought a house so that his 2 beloved daughters, Tjana and Bekki, could come to visit him. Being a Daddy was the most important thing in the world to him.

Sadly and tragically, Nigel was killed in a car accident on Friday 2 July 2004. He was given a Military Funeral at Fremantle Cemetery on Friday 9 July 2004 (a fact that would have made him immensely proud and which he richly deserved). He was a life-long fan of Elvis Presley, and was well known for Elvis impersonations at functions. It was therefore fitting that The King's music was used to farewell him.

Nigel is survived by his parents, siblings and his 2 daughters. Anyone who knew Nigel loved him and his sense of humour. He will be sadly missed but always in our hearts.