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VALE- Pontus Reutersward

It is with incredible sadness that we advise the Targa Family of the passing of Pontus Reutersward in the presence of his family on Friday 2nd August after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. 

Pontus devoted a large part of his amazing life to Targa Tasmania, playing an active role in the events success from the very first running in 1992, all the way through to his last event earlier this year at the 28th running of the Ultimate Tarmac Rally.

Pontus is survived by his beautiful wife and long-time Chief CRO, Pam von Stieglitz, who he initially met at Targa in 1999.

Pontus is one of only six officials ever inducted into the Targa Tasmania Hall of Fame, when he was inducted after the 20th Anniversary event in 2011. He also worked in the role of warehouse supervisor for both Octagon and Targa Australia from 2010 until 2016 where he ensured that all of the events equipment was ready to go for each event.Pontus headed up many stage teams over the years of Targa, recruiting and training literally thousands of people over the years and when Targa rolled out its ambitious expansion plans in 2008 that saw the birth of Targa Wrest Point, Targa High Country and Classic Targa Adelaide, Pontus played key roles in the successful delivery all three events. On top of all that, he was there again to help with the successful delivery of the Longford Revival Festival and Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. He was tireless, devoted, loyal and never lacked a great idea or three!

In recent years, as his health deteriorated, he still found the strength and motivation to be by Pam’s side every day of every Targa event and support her in delivering the events all-important CRO’s role.In summary, Pontus Reutersward lived for three things, Pam, his loving family and Targa! 

Everyone at Targa who ever worked with Pontus in any way will sadly miss him in the future and our lives will forever be full of the amazing memories he gave us all.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday 7th August at 2.30pm at Franklin Grove Centre, 502 Hobart Road Youngtown and all members of the Targa family are welcomed to attend.

Targa will remember Pontus and his life at the most appropriate time, the 29th running of Targa Tasmania in 2020 where Pontus will be sure to join us again in yet another vital role.

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