Edward Islwyn PASK (1937-1995) gained 26 consecutive
Welsh International Rugby Union caps from 1961 to 1967 and was
Wales' captain six times. Hailed as one of the finest No. 8 forwards
of his time he was capped eight times for the British Lions. Alun
died tragically during a fire at his home in 1995.
Andrew Gordon Speedie PASK (1928-1928). 'Gordon' will
perhaps be best remembered for his role as one of the 'founding
fathers' of cybernetics, the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary
intellectual movement that sprang up in the post war years. Younger
brother of Edgar Alexander PASK.
Chris Pask originated from Hartest,
Suffolk and immigrated to New Zealand. Founded C J Pask Winery
in 1985 together with his daughter Tessa McKay. Chris literally
pioneered grape plantings at Gimblett Road, Hawkes Bay in 1982
- a move viewed with some scepticism at the time. The winery now
owns and manages over 142 hectares of vineyard in Gimblett Road,
arguably the leading viticultural site in New Zealand.
Edgar Alexander PASK (1912-1966) - 'The bravest man
in the RAF never to have flown an aeroplane'. Edgar 'Gar' Pask
was the first professor of anaesthesia in Newcastle, the second
chair to be established in England. During the Second World War,
he worked with Professor Macintosh, researching aspects of human
physiology for the RAF. He acted as a human guinea pig for very
dangerous experiments, intended to investigate ways of saving
the lives of airmen forced to bale out at high altitudes, or ditch
into freezing seas. He tested the limits of a human endurance
due to hypoxia at high altitudes. He tested immersion suits and,
unconscious and afloat, tested life jackets.For his bravery, the
King awarded him the OBE in 1944. Elder brother of Andrew Gordon
Edward H. Pask was born in Melbourne
and began his first major dance studies in the early 1950s with
Valrene Tweedie at the National Theatre Ballet School. He made
his professional debut in Ray Lawler's Ginger Meggs in 1954.
Emma Pask was born in Sydney
in 1977. At the age of 14, she started singing jazz with her high
school band. In 1994 James Morrison visited the school and heard
Emma sing. He was so impressed by her voice that, he invited her
to sing with his Quartet at a concert that night As a result,
Emma, who was still only 16, became the vocalist with the James
Morrison Quartet and Big Band. In 1995 she sang at the Sydney
Opera House, and in 1996 she sang for Australia's Prime Minister,
Mr Paul Keating.
Arthur James PASK M.C., DSO., R.G.A. (1881-1916) was
a Captain in the Royal Field Artillery, 28th Brigade, and was
awarded the DSO and M.C. Isaac was killed in action on 1 September
1916, fighting in World War I in Mametz, Somme, France. The London
Gazette dated 26 September 1916, reads 'For conspicuous gallantry
in action. He displayed the greatest coolness during a very heavy
bombardment, and carried on after a shell had blown him across
a gunpit and slightly wounded him. His dugout has twice been hit,
and has constantly gone out through a heavy barrage to observe
fire. He put out a fire, although surrounded by ammunition and
under heavy fire.'
John PASK Flute Maker was a maker
of brass and woodwind instruments in London between 1840 and 1871.