War­ren was in­spir­ing

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS | OPINION - NANCY BATES FOR­MER CHRON­I­CLE ED­I­TOR

WAR­REN Per­sal’s life was in­spi­ra­tional on many lev­els but his pri­vate deeds of gen­tle gen­eros­ity to in­di­vid­u­als fac­ing hard­ship put him in a class of his own. Who he helped by qui­etly pay­ing med­i­cal bills and ed­u­ca­tion ex­penses, by send­ing men and equip­ment to fix prob­lems, will never be known but the sto­ries will be told for gen­er­a­tions.

Even his close fam­ily was not al­ways aware of who was given a help­ing hand by the big-hearted son of the Fraser Coast but when his death a week ago was an­nounced a rare surge of emo­tion rip­pled through the re­gion. On many lips the re­sponse was the same “he helped so many peo­ple.”

War­ren Per­sal earned his for­tune the hard way. As a young man he dug holes by hand and strung lines on lad­ders to take high volt­age power lines through some of Aus­tralia’s most rugged coun­try.

In­de­fati­ga­ble, rest­less and vi­sion­ary, his for­mi­da­ble mem­ory was matched by an un­canny abil­ity to quickly grasp com­plex sce­nar­ios. His creed was to “get the job done on time and don’t skimp on qual­ity”.

He loved peo­ple and he loved the Fraser Coast, from Her­vey Bay and Sandy Straits to Brooweena. As his busi­ness grew he could have pros­pered more in Bris­bane but he chose to keep his head­quar­ters in Mary­bor­ough, to em­ploy lo­cal peo­ple and to in­vest in Fraser Coast busi­nesses.

He fret­ted about the lack of jobs for young peo­ple and was our great­est spon­sor of youth ac­tiv­i­ties and projects that had the po­ten­tial to cre­ate jobs.

He never swerved from his solid val­ues as his wealth grew. In a world strewn with cheat­ing and greed, he stood like a bea­con: hon­esty, trust, dili­gence and loy­alty were syn­ony­mous with the man who would still set­tle on a hand­shake. He en­joyed his wealth but lived mod­estly: his great­est plea­sure was shar­ing what he had.

Time will show how lucky we were to have known War­ren Per­sal.

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