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Archive for August, 2014

Remembering Ed for his children

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 14, 2014

Remembering Ed for his children.

Ed Smith’s brother, Justin, is now collating all contributions from family and friends for an entire memory book for his children. Please read below.

Dear Family and Friends of Ed,

You would likely be aware that on Saturday the 9th August we lost a friend, husband, son, dad, brother and most of all beautiful person. Ed was free diving and doing what he loved, being in the water, when the tragedy occurred.

Sadly, some of his youngest children will only be able to really know how great he was through your memories, so this email address has been set up as a digital repository.  It is dedicated to Eddie’s family for you all to send in your fondest memories of Ed, whatever they may be.  We will later convert memories and stories of Ed into a book which will be for Ed’s kids and broader family.

Kate has noted there may be need to be both a PG and an over 18 version of the book!! Please don’t hesitate to send whatever you feel.  I can say this confidently as I have never been able to find the guy doing anything but good things!!  It doesn’t have to be digital either (can provide a postage address). Just send whatever you feel is appropriate for you as we will sort the right stories for the right book.

Please share your stories/photos/videos of Ed or whatever you feel like and send them to . If you want to make something more creative like a card or kids drawings – send us an email () and I will give you a post address to send it to.  All will be included in the book we create.

Ed’s Solomon Island memorial will be held on Thursday the 14th August at 6am (5am east Australian time).  Please light a candle or think of Ed and the family during this time (or both).

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Ed Smith’s memorial service in Solomon Islands announced

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 13, 2014

Ed Smith Memorial Service, 14 August, Solomon Islands.

To view the notice regarding the memorial service in pdf format, click onto

If anyone there in the Swans football community wants to share anything for Kate and the kids then they can email to: “Kate particularly wants stories that will help the kids know Ed, as they grow up. You can send to  “

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The sun sets over the Solomon Islands for Swannie, Ed Smith. R.I.P.

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 11, 2014

The sun sets over the Solomon Islands for an amazing man, Ed Smith. R.I.P.

The Vietnam Swans have just received news that Ed Smith has died in a tragic diving accident in the Solomon Islands. Marty Sharples writes,

“Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but former Swannie and all round great human, Ed Smith, died on the weekend while diving in the Solomon Islands. Everyone is absolutely devastated. You could not meet a better bloke. He is survived by Kate and three beautiful kids.”

Ed was an amazing bloke: helping out new recruits on the footy field, giving his time with wife Kate, to the kids at the Warmhouse Orphanage in Hanoi to doing great things in his volunteer’s position over here.

In May 2008, he and Kate, who he was inseparable from, had returned to Tassie and had their first baby, Meg. At the time, Ed wrote, “We still love getting all of the mighty Swans emails. Sounds like the Swans are having a pretty busy year – makes me nostalgic. We had such a great time with you guys.”

Just 10 days ago, upon hearing of AFL Asia’s event in Melbourne on 17 August, Ed wrote to say that getting “Gary Buckenara (to attend) – that’s awesome”.

He then added, “We have our big meat pie comp (Expat v Best of the Solomon Island’s lads) coming up”.

The Vietnam Swans community extends its deepest thoughts and condolences to Kate, the three children, his family and friends.

As per custom, the Vietnam Swans will wear black armbands at our next match which will be the Indochina Cup next Saturday. Ed would have been very pleased that the weekend will also see the first ever Indochina All Stars team play.

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Expat Property Planners – Sagion Information Evening

Posted by Vietnam Swans on August 11, 2014

Come down and join Swannies sponsor Greg Shand from Expat Property Planners as he, along with Paul Milbourne from Imperium Capital, give us the run down on investing and protecting property in Australia while living abroad.

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