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Peter Cardy 21 Sept 1942 - 16 January 2024

Jopo

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Many cavers on this forum will have known Pete Cardy who died unexpectedly on Tuesday 16 Jan.
Pete went on the 1976 Ecuador expedition to find the space ship hidden in a cave as postulated by Von Daniken in The Chariots of the Gods. Needless to say the army sponsored expedition found no spaceships or laser cut passages. They did however find new caves and with a army of scientists some important archeological finds. In Ecuador he had the privilege sitting in the jungle looking up at the moon while talking to Neil Armstrong - who was one of the expeditions sponsors. He also took a major role in the 1979 Astraka (Proventina) expedition to Greece.

Pete was a hard caver and one of the crew that dug the connection from OFDl to OFDll giving us all a classic through trip. Pete liked his pint and supported South Wales cave rescue from 1969 when he joined the SWCC where he served as Ass. Secretary and Equipment officer and Fixed Aids officer. In the 70's and 80's Pete's group would stop halfway home to Endfield and ring the club (pre cellphone days) to see if they was needed on a rescue. Several times they were. Pete took part in many pig roasts to raise money for rescue and at the National and International cave rescue events held at Penwyllt. Everyone who has caved in the Swansea Valley caves will have entered and exited through the cave gates he designed and built. He was a accomplished engineer, builder and woodworker.
Pete had not been too well of late but was still regarded as a fountain of knowledge of SWCC . His death has left us all missing a truly great guy. Pete leaves his wife Leslie (a original fund raising Soup Dragon) his son Ian and grandchildren William and Lily - along with a huge collection of vinyl, cd's, books, engineering and woodworking kit.

RIP my good friend.

Jopo
 

mrodoc

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Sorry to hear that. Here is a confession. I still have a letter from Pete Cardy (more than half a century old) dating from a time when my student group went overdue on a Marble Showers trip and met a seach party near Top Entrance. I though a nice gesture would be an unusual photograph (inspired by John Wooley's article in the Speleologist) of the Columns by candleslight. However I received a ticking off for crossing the tapes to set up the shot. I was always a bit nervous of bumping into him again although I did years later collect DYO keys as he lived close to the caves. I know you will be dying to see the controversial photo so here it is (no damage was sustained to the formations and we cleared up afterwards of course)
 

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Pitlamp

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I think I only met him once as South Wales is really off my patch; he was the fella with the goatee beard, right? But I certainly knew of him by reputation. I remember chatting to him at the SWCC and he was really helpful with some information.
 

Addy

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Met Pete many times when picking up a key for DYO and no matter how early or late, he was always cheerful and interested in what we were doing - usually with some good advice.
He was a member of WSG back in the day. RIP Pete.

Graham.
 
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Speleofish

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I never met him but one of my favourite stories comes from that expedition. Apparently, everyone was sitting round a camp fire or barbecue telling tall tales ("When I was down the Berger/ on El Capitan/ in the Arctic"..). All this was eclipsed by Neil Armstrong: 'When I was on the Moon"....

According to someone who was there, everyone fell silent.
 

Jopo

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I never met him but one of my favourite stories comes from that expedition. Apparently, everyone was sitting round a camp fire or barbecue telling tall tales ("When I was down the Berger/ on El Capitan/ in the Arctic"..). All this was eclipsed by Neil Armstrong: 'When I was on the Moon"....

According to someone who was there, everyone fell silent.
I was always slightly envious when Pete told me about this.

Jopo
 

chunky

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So sorry to hear this. Pete was always happy to chat when collecting the DYO key and invited me in for a cuppa when he found out we had visited The Prokofiev Series For Brendan to photo and Keith to make a video of his find. RIP Pete :(
 

Jopo

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The funeral of Pete Cardy, SWCC Hon Member, will be at 1pm on Tuesday 20th Feb at Llanelli Crematorium. SA14 8BX. Family flowers only. Donations in memory to South & Mid Wales CRT via smwcrt.org or the South and Mid Wales CRT Facebook page.

Jopo
 
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