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The Editor of Tasmanian Times very kindly gave space a year ago to publicise community efforts to raise money for the dry stone waller, John Wilson, to help his family through a particularly difficult time: The heroic Tasmanian who needs your help, HERE

I have to report that John died peacefully at home in Deloraine Thursday night surrounded by his family.

He put up a terrific fight for he was not expected to live for three months and yet through sheer determination and his trademark will power he made it into 2012.

John Wilson was an inspirational yet unassuming man, possessed of great physical strength and fortitude and was much loved and admired in our small community.

He will be missed by his many admirers.

- John Hawkins