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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
July 12, 2010
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia


Joe Ramon

(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 ups.

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”.

Go Well Joe.                                                                                            PHILIP BOND.

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