And now Doug's up and died
Doug Lehmann died suddenly of a heart attack last weekend, just a few months older than me, and almost a year to the day since the death of his Dad, Peter. Doug was found dead on his kitchen floor after failing to arrive at his 40th wedding anniversary lunch on Sunday. Yesterday we had a great wake at the Old Redemption cellar at the Peter Lehmann winery. About a thousand folks gathered to drink in Doug's honour, with not a soul failing to observe that we'd been there on PL's behalf at the end of last July. It was freezing cold, and windy, which made it perfect for the consumption of vast amounts of very good red wine. After Doug and Ingrid's three offspring spoke tearfully about how much they loved and will miss their dad, there were some speeches about Doug's incredible job moving Peter Lehmann Wines from 40,000 cases to 900,000 in a few breathless years, but a lot more repetitive war stories about his skillful larrikin driving, his addiction to motorsport and the millions he raised for troubled kids through the Variety Club on its annual bush Bash, which he finally directed, having won it more times than any other driver..