Lover of yarns and learn­ing

Won’t be for­got­ten in Biggen­den

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

GONE FISH­ING: The late Jim Clark loved to fish and when he turned 80 spent time fish­ing with his three sons.

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