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Charles Wade


Traffic/Sales/Customer Relations



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Charles Gregory Wade died Sunday 11 September at 2.00am aged 94.

He started his Qantas career as a Traffic Officer during the late 1940’s. Like many Traffic Officers of his day, he did his time in New Guinea and then moved into Sales on return to Australia.

He remained in the Sales area for most of his career, taking up postings in Johannesburg, Cairo and London. In 1965, he became Manager ACT, based in Canberra.

After Canberra, he went to Hong Kong during the worst of the Cultural Revolution riots and disturbances.

From Canberra, he then came back to Sydney as the Manager Customer Relations.

After leaving Qantas, he joined World Travel Headquarters.

A favourite memory, that has been passed on, is that Charles had a habit of saying "er", during conversation, which led to him introducing himself as 'hello, I'm er, Charles Wade'. This, combined with his natural dignity, led to him being re-introduced as 'Sir Charles Wade', and he even received invitations from embassies addressed to 'Sir Charles and Lady Wade'. He had to work very hard to eliminate the habit.

His funeral will be Wednesday 21 September 2022 at 11.00am at St Mark's Anglican Church Darling Point followed by a wake at Royal Sydney Golf Club.

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