Vale Gilbert (Tig) Thomas

Born 7 July 1926 Wagga Wagga, NSW

Long term CGS member Tig Thomas passed away on August 30 after a brief illness. Tig was 91. Early in the CGS’s history Tig served as Treasurer – I believe was our longest serving Treasurer – and set us upon the path to excellent financial accountability.

He was a keen performer and regularly played at CGS meetings and as a member of the orchestra.

He was an accountant in his working life, an excellent public speaker and around the CGS a friendly and encouraging personality. Behind the scenes he offered excellent advice to the committee on a range of matters.

Outside of the CGS he had a full and successful life. Tig commenced sailing in 1949 and is a foundation member of Wagga Wagga Boat Club serving as Treasurer, Vice Commodore, Secretary and Commodore twice. He was made a Life Member in 1963.

He joined Middle Harbour Yacht Club in 1966 and sailed Endeavour 24’s until 1971, winning the 1970 and 1971 NSW State Championship.

Tig with Claudie Moffatt

Winning Divisions 2 and 2B of the 1971 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race with Plum Crazy was the start of an illustrious record with continued successes in ocean and inshore races against Australia’s best.

He won the inaugural South Solitary Island Race in 1972 and then again in 1973.

He also won the first International Half Ton competition conducted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in 1972 with Plum Crazy. He went on to represent Australia in the World Half Ton Cup in Denmark 1973 and France 1974.

In Plum Crazy he continued to win races in Australia and in 1975 sailed the Sydney to Hobart in the fastest time ever for a yacht under 9.5 metres. He held this record for 27 years. Plum Crazy was also used after the CGS summer school for many years to take our visiting guitar virtuoso around Sydney Harbour. Always an enjoyable and much talked about day.

He was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. His name was etched on the Mosman Sporting Wall of Fame, located at the Mosman Swim Centre.

Tig was a life member of the CGS. We have lost one of our great personalities.

Christopher Keane.

Tig Thomas (age 83) with Janet Agostino playing Canção. Recording by Bernard Hickey.



Tig Thomas, past treasurer of the CGS, passed away in hospital on Wednesday 30th August. He was 91 years young.

He will be long remembered for his sharp accounting acumen, his huge personality, his ability to remember names, his welcoming and social nature, his support of young players and his incredibly positive outlook on life. Up til a fortnight ago, he was still practising guitar, having regular lessons and was planning a concert at his Mosman home ‘the Manors’ with Raffaele and I in early September. He could still play F# melodic minor 3 octaves note perfectly and maintained an enviable sense of rhythm and style in all he played. His playing will be remembered for slightly excessive rallentandos at the end of each piece, plus a propensity to add a carefully placed Emin harmonic chord at the end of any piece, irrespective of the key! At the age of 80 years he produced a DVD of his playing, both solos and duos, entitled “Live in the Lounge Room”. Such was the success that at 81 years of age he produced a sequel recording, “STILL Live in the Lounge Room!”

Tig thanking the summer school ca 2005

Tig attended many Summer Schools, guitar concerts and monthly meetings, and most members knew him well. It has been an absolute privilege to know Tig and I’m proud to have had him as a student over the last 20 years – he may say that I taught him a lot about guitar playing, but in the balance of things, I know for certain that Tig taught me a lot more about life.

Vale Gilbert (Tig) Thomas.

Janet Agostino.  CGS committee member.

What’s On This Month

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 2pm – at our regular venue – Crows Nest Uniting Church Hall,cnr Shirley Rd and Nicholson St, Wollstonecraft. There will be a playing list so please bring your guitar and your best-prepared work.  Please try to keep performances down to 5 minutes as a courtesy to others and so that everybody gets a go.

The next CGS monthly radio broadcast, ’19th Century Guitar Music – The Golden Age’ will be presented live to air by Darryl Rule on Saturday 20th January 2018 at 6.00 pm on Fine Music 102.5 FM.
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