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June 29, 2022

Newsletter for the Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia - Volume 23, Issue 1180

We acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of Pittwater, as well as our Indigenous readers



Lovett Bay resident Sara Nimmo died recently. Here her good friend and former neighbour, Deborah Jones, shares her memories.


A day was always better if part of it had been spent with Sara Nimmo. Always. Her huge capacity for laughter and friendship made everything seem that much brighter. Her zest for life was catching.

That was only the start. She was interested in just about anything and could do just about everything. As her social media posts of intricately decorated pies attested, Sara was a terrific cook. She was also, in no particular order, a top-flight photographer, a knitter who could tackle the most complicated patterns, a dab hand at crochet, someone who could make new covers for old cushions – with piping! – and much, much more.

If it sounds as if her interests were mainly in the domestic sphere, nothing could be further from the truth. She worked as a journalist in the UK, with Greenpeace as a media specialist and most recently as a freelance risk, security and crisis management consultant. Those experiences, along with all the travel she and her beloved husband Geoff had under their belts, meant she had a particularly broad view of the world.

It was my great good fortune to have Sara and Geoff land next door to me at Lovett Bay. With greatest respect to the other superb neighbours I was lucky enough to have over more than 20 years, Sara outranked them all. No one better.

A cuppa (or something a bit stronger) with Sara could take you anywhere in the world, from the fascinating minutiae of Lovett Bay to international politics and anything in between. Perhaps not all the conversation was high-minded because along with her many other gifts Sara was fantastically witty and rather naughty with it. Too much fun.

I suspect everyone who knew her will have their own Sara and unique memories of her generous spirit.

Top of the list for me is this one. I got a text one evening when, as it happened, I wasn’t feeling entirely on top form. I was to get down to the end of her jetty pronto.

Sara had the International Space Station spotter app on her phone – of course she did – and the ISS was about to pass over Pittwater. The sky was clear and starry. Absolutely magical. We looked up to see the bright sphere of light that is the ISS race overhead. It was a marvel to think of the people on board and the science that had got them there. How could one not feel better after that?

Sara’s natural impulse was to share the moment. She was one of the kindest people I’ve known.



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