Hon­our on a grand scale

FREO BUSI­NESS­MAN BE­STOWED WITH AUS­TRALIA DAY AWARD

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts Picture: Martin Ken­nealey

FROM sup­ply­ing fish to ships from around the world to be­ing found­ing di­rec­tor of the Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal Med­i­cal Re­search Foun­da­tion Board, Vic­tor Paino has built a life full of ac­com­plish­ments.

His lat­est achieve­ment came on Fri­day when the Fre­man­tle res­i­dent was awarded the Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia.

“I didn’t know much about these awards but if I can help peo­ple, I am only pleased to help,” he said.

“I started work­ing at my fa­ther’s fish shop when I was 15 in 1952.

“I met many peo­ple from many dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties who all had tough lives.

“These peo­ple copped abuse from other peo­ple and it made me ap­pre­ci­ate the life I had.

“I used to drive a truck to Esper­ance, Bun­bury to pick up the fish like snap­per and put it on fresh ice and drive it back down to Freo.

“Work­ing around fish – well, it was a smelly job.”

From the start at the fish shop, Mr Paino sold con­ti­nen­tal food to the Aus­tralian Navy and other in­ter­na­tional ships, where his will­ing­ness to work with peo­ple from across the world stood him in great stead.

“We had a con­tract with the Aus­tralian Navy to sup­ply frozen food, fish and dried stores,” he said.

“We even sup­plied food to the HMAS Botan­ica and from there we started sup­ply­ing to ships all around the world.

“I have trav­elled to Ja­pan 45 times, been through Eng­land, Scot­land, Poland, Greece and Italy – the whole of Europe.

“I built up good re­la­tion­ships with them be­cause we had face-to-face con­tact and peo­ple re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated it.”

The busi­ness­man is a di­rec­tor at Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal and has con­tin­ued rais­ing money for re­search 20 years on.

He was in­ducted into the Busi­ness Hall of Fame in 2002 and is a life mem­ber of Aus­tralian Ship Sup­pli­ers and Services and As­so­ci­a­tion, but he knows his suc­cess has been built by the good work­ers around him.

“I have been sur­rounded by good peo­ple and great staff; they got me to where I am with their knowl­edge to ex­pand the busi­ness,” he said.

“Peo­ple help me and I want to help them.”

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Vic­tor Paino: From fish sup­plier to found­ing di­rec­tor of Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal’s foun­da­tion board.

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