Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Vale Jack Lawson

We say vale to JACK Lawson. He was an extraordinary man and a true friend. No-one but his wife Gwen would know of the tremendous contribution he made to the Community of Coffs Harbour. He was one of the first people to work in the Botanic Garden and held the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer on the Friends of the Botanic Gardens Committee at various times over the years. Jack also was a volunteer in the Information Centre and participated in the weekly Working Bees at the Botanic Gardens. 

Jack was Auditor of the Woolgoolga Art Society for many years and he also worked on the Creek Walk and Bush Regeneration projects and was on the very successful Tidy Towns Committee. Jack was a Coffs Harbour Citizen of the Year and the winner of the Sue Hunter Memorial Award for his work for the environment.

But we knew him best as a true gentleman and an amazing Garden Club member. Made a Life Member in 2005 he continued to work for the Garden Club and attended meetings right up until May this year. Jack was one of those wonderful members, a friend, an advisor, a mentor and a kind and caring man who would do anything to help. No-one is really aware of the contribution he made to the Garden Club in his many, many roles. He has been our Treasure and Auditor many times and has mostly been responsible for preparing and printing the Judge’s & Steward’s  Books for the Garden Competition and prepared the Entry Form right up to and including last year. Also for the Spring Garden Competition he prepared and printed the Certificates for all the winners in the competition and printed and distributed the news letter and prepared the Members lists. For some years he was responsible for the Airport Garden maintenance and worked out there until just a few years ago. Always at hand on the phone to give advice he never failed to be a supportive and wise counsellor.

Jack was also our club  historian and as well as being co-author of the History of the Garden Club, “For the Love of a Garden” he also kept a record of all the club’s Newsletters from August 1998 as well as a record of the Garden Competition results and much of its publicity since its beginnings in 1989.

As we all sang Happy Birthday to him at the last meeting he attended we all hoped we would have him with us for many more years. Sadly it was not to be, but we will always remember him as a kind and good man and his contribution to our club will not be forgotten as our thoughts and prayers go out to Gwen his wife of 67 years, and to his family, at this very sad time. 

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