Members of the Australian TV fraternity are in mourning following the passing of Paul “the Pol” Tomaszewski.
Paul migrated to Australia from Poland in 1981 and started at TCN 9 in 1982. His initial role was as a specialist camera service engineer, specialising in service of the Phillips LDK5 OB cameras and LDK25 studio cameras. He was promoted to Duty support Engineer, responsible for support and service of all studio Broadcast equipment, including on-air transmitters.
According to former colleague, Tim McDonald, “Paul’s domicile within walking distance from the Willoughby studios made him particularly helpful for unexpected equipment failures.
“He was greatly respected at 9 for his skills as a camera service technician. I once saw him rebuild a Philips LDK 25 head power regulator module that was fried and carbonised during a Midday Show performance. Paul had it back up and running for the next show.”
In 1995, Paul took up a role with the fledgling pay TV service, Optus vision. He maintained this position until Optus vision merged with FOXTEL where he served until his retirement.
“He was well known in his industry’s circles and respected for his gentlemanly conduct and resolute principles,” adds Tim McDonald. “He will be sadly missed.”
There will be a gathering of the Sydney Broadcast Boffins this Friday (June 2nd) at the Berowra RSL Club from 11:00 to celebrate the life of this kind gentleman.