Lover of yarns and learning
Won’t be forgotten in Biggenden
JIM CLARK will be remembered for his endless stories, his insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge and constantly reading and writing his thoughts.
TheWoowoonga Hall Rd resident from Biggenden passed away peacefully in Biggenden Hospital on October 11, aged 87.
Best known as the partner, companion and friend of Betty Lankowski, together they bred and showed miniature ponies around the region.
Jim had described his last 27 years in Biggenden as some of the best of his life.
He enjoyed the peace and quiet of his property, the natural and farming environment, and the friendly community of rural Queensland.
His second wife Patricia Clark had fallen in love with the location and they bought theWoowoonga Hall Rd property for their retirement.
Sadly, Patricia passed away in 1986, so Jim returned alone.
For the first five years at Biggenden, Jim taught metallurgy at Maryborough and Gayndah TAFEs. He then retired to enjoy local life and the companionship of Betty.
Born in 1927 in rural Somerset, England, Jim grew up in a world vastly different from today’s.
Denied A1 fitness due to rheumatic fever in his childhood, he served as a welder with the Royal Lancers in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers during the SecondWorldWar.
After the war he completed his National Service with the Palestine occupation forces.
His favourite passion as a young man was weekend motorcycle journeys throughWales.
Deciding England was becoming too populous Jim became a “10 pound Pom” and immigrated to Australia in 1964 with his young wife, Jill Clark, and three sons, Larry, Frank and Al (then aged five years, three years and four months).
They settled in Sydney where the boys grew up.
After Jim and Jill separated he worked as a welding inspector firstly on gas pipelines, and then on the Maui A platform offshore from New Plymouth, New Zealand where he met Pat.
He went back to school to gain qualifications as a technical teacher, teaching at Gunnedah in New South Wales and in New Zealand.
While healthy and active for most of his life, Jim finally succumbed to cancer.
He was extremely happy to end his days in the pleasant environment of Biggenden Hospital under the excellent care provided by the nurses and doctors.
His family are also extremely grateful to the personnel of Biggenden Hospital and the local community for the care and support provided to Jim.
His funeral service will be held tomorrow at 2pm at the Leslie G Ross Maryborough Chapel on the corner of Russell St and Stafford St.
GONE FISHING: The late Jim Clark loved to fish and when he turned 80 spent time fishing with his three sons.