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(AGED 84 YRS.)
Last week, on Thursday
8th July, at approximately 8.30 in the evening, JOE Ramon passed away,
peacefully, at the Mareeba Aged Care Home in McLean, near Grafton. He
died after a short bout of pneumonia.
His many friends on
the Island have missed him since he moved north to Iluka in 2005.
Joe and Betty Ramon
moved on to Scotland Island in 1972, and remained there until they
moved to join their children and grandchildren only five years ago.
Sadly, Betty died only
two years later, and Joe lived on in their large riverside home with
only his beloved birds for company. His children, Paul and Linda, were
close at hand and visited daily to care for him. Some friends from the
Island would visit on a fairly regular basis, and have a beer on his
deck overlooking the river.
During his many years
on Scotland Island he became a well known character, best remembered as
a pillar of the Bush Fire Brigade, as it used to be known, where he was
for many years Amenities Officer and Treasurer. He was always behind
the B.B.Q. for Island functions, and for Woody Point Yacht Club
meetings and race nights. Apart from the Fire Truck, he was also a
driver of the Community Vehicle, weekly drove the collection
truck on garbage days, and regularly during the Island Council clean
He was a man of few
words, but his dry sense of humour, and unshakeable opinions will be
remembered by us all. Those who would regularly share a beer on his
deck while he fed his lorikeets and magpies, and lashed out at the
cockatoos, will like to know that his funeral is to be held at The John
Baker Memorial Chapel in McLean on Wednesday 14th July next week, at
12.00 hrs, Midday.
I personally will miss
him as the best fishing mate I ever had. We spent many happy hours in
the lee of Lion Island on Broken Bay, when the flathead were never
ending, and the pile of empty tinnies in the dinghy, ever growing.
As Linda said to me
today, he will be happy now. “He is back with Betty at last”.
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