Burnett man stayed strong for his family
GEORGE Lewis was born in Monto, September 16 1935, the eldest son of Cyril and Evelyn Lewis.
He had three brothers Alan, Cyril and Barry and one sister, Hazel.
George’s father was born in Norley Cheshire, England. As a young man, he came to Australia and worked on a farm in the Murgon area. He then came to Mulgildie in January 1924 and took up a 138 hectare dairying block.
George started school at Selene school in 1941 and continued there until sometime in 1944.
In 1944 the family moved to Gympie and purchased two farms there. In the meantime, share farmers looked after the farm here. George’s father became ill and died on May 20, 1946. Evelyn and the children rented a farmhouse near Gympie and left share farmers on the farms.
The family moved back to this area and stayed in Thomsetts House for a short time in which George, Alan and Hazel went to school at Glenleigh in 1946. In 1947 they moved back to the farm and attended Selene School.
George started boarding school at the Southport School in 1948 and finished in 1952. While there he was a keen football player. He was selected in the GPS football side as a half back.
While at TSS, George started playing tennis and became a very competitive player.
After completing TSS in 1952, George worked for Les Zipf in Mundubbera.
He was accepted to go to military college however didn’t get the opportunity as the sharefarmers at Lewis Estate left without notice and George was called upon to come home and do the milking.
In 1957, George met Ruth Stanley when holidaying in Hervey Bay.
Ruth moved to Monto in March 1958 and lived there with her parents and worked at Monto Pharmacy until they married in 1959.
They had two daughters, Miranda and Lita.
George and Ruth continued dairying and feeding pigs until cream changed over to milk in 1971-1972, then they ventured into beef.
George was a keen sportsman and played cricket for 20 years and tennis into his early 70s.
He was presented life membership in the Monto and District Tennis Association in 1993.
He encouraged younger players, including his daughter Lita, who took a keen interest in tennis and took her to numerous tennis tournaments.
George lost his second wife Marion to cancer in February 2009.
Marion played an active role on the farm.
George led an active life right up until he became ill. He was still mustering cattle and doing tractor work. He passed away March 1, 2017.
George loved and respected his family and instilled good values and morals that Miranda and Lita, alongside his grandchildren Stanley, Ellen and Todd, will always carry with them.
IN LOVING MEMORY: George Lewis, with Ruth Lewis and granddaughter Ellen McGuigan.