Vale Alan Voges

It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Alan Voges.

Alan will long be remembered for his coffee and fruit cake training paddles, his enthusiasm for racing, and his laconic sense of humour.

Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Voges family at their loss.


  1. Alan was a terrific bloke. He joined about the same time as Sue and I and kept us company at many of the Marathon races we did over the years. He also did the Murray Marathon with us and he and I teamed up to do some open water races in Sydney Harbour which were great fun.
    Alan was always friendly, loved a chat and loved his sport.
    Sue and I will always remember him fondly.
    Cheers Alan, keep paddling mate

  2. Alan was a true gentleman and a great friend to many of us. Bruce and I also met Alan when we first joined the club and he was very encouraging and inclusive. I will fondly remember paddling on the Wonnie with Alan plus all the cuppas we had afterwards at the club house.

  3. Will miss the smile and the cheekiness and the laughter and good conversation over coffee after our Tuesday paddles. Top bloke, gone far too soon.

  4. Alan was one of the first to welcome me to the club and was happy to include me as a tag along on his training paddles with Jacqui “The Project” Tang. They’d paddle out to Oatley, land on the beach, and a thermos of coffee and some fruitcake would emerge from inside their boats somewhere. Alan was always happy to share with anybody who came along.
    He will be much missed and long remembered.

  5. Alan was a lovely warm hearted and friendly man who was very easy to like! I had many a good paddle and chin wag with him up to Needles over the years! I didn’t get coffee or cake but I sure enjoyed swapping boats with him and getting to try lots of different craft in his expanding fleet! Alan’s friendly and cheeky presence at the club will be sadly missed by me and everyone else who had the pleasure of knowing him! My heartfelt sympathies go to his family during this difficult time!

  6. Alan also paddled with us down at Swallow Rock – his presence always provided pleasure both on the water and around the table. Our sympathies are extended to Gillian and family.

  7. I Met Alan and Gillian in 1972 and became great friends. Had many most enjoyable family holidays together. We bushwalked together. In 1980 we walked from Mittagong to Katoomba over 8 days.
    A few years ago he borrowed my Estuary kayak and was hooked. A better mate a man could not find. We will meet again one day in glory.

  8. A great bloke, did a lot of paddling with Al. I always remember when I was learning to paddle and had a few swims, he said to me “don’t worry about them, there are only two types of paddlers in the world, those that have fallen in and those that are going to fall in”. That was typical Al. Will always be remembered fondly. My sympathies to Gillian and the family

  9. Alan and I met 52 years ago, i have loved him will all my heart from that day on. He was the most wonderful, kind and sincere person anyone could be lucky to know. He loved kayaking with all those he met over the years.
    Thankyou for the wonderful tributes to Alan, he was our champion, he never gave up and fought to the end.

  10. Alan is one of my greatest paddling mate. We have trained and paddled in the Murray a few times and many other marathons. He is always cheerful. I have never seen Alan without a smile. Top friendship. Our deepest sympathies to Gillian and family.

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