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Spaulding never lost common touch

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Gary Spaulding wrote and told the story of this nation with great humility and care. He has been the ever-present witness to our highs and lows, gracefully penning the history of the country as it unfolds.

His understanding of the fragility of the human condition was so deep that he never saw much difference between those who walked the halls of power and those who were trampled on the fringes of it. He empathised and sympathised with all these characters that dotted his colourful stories.


Gary's own life had taken him through some of the most difficult of human emotions and it is from this crucible of private pain and ever haunting questions about life that he poured out himself in the most beautiful prose that has moved us from times to tears and at other times to laughter.

He was a man without judgement and ever humble, never letting the fame of media affect his ability to share light moments of playful banter.

Gary was a gentle giant who wrote with ease and poise. I will miss our many conversations about the complexities of life, as he entertained my deep questions on the issues that puzzled me. Gary walked with kings, but never lost the common touch.

Rest well, my friend.