Vale – The Late John Al­bert Leeds

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

John Leeds was a city per­son but went to school at the Hurl­stone Agri­cul­ture Col­lege and this is where he de­vel­oped his love of coun­try life.

John was a tal­ented sports­man. He was in­vited to go to Ade­laide by Ian Chapel to trial for a State Team po­si­tion. John was a tal­ented rugby and rugby league player. The lat­ter code gave him the op­por­tu­nity to play for the Bal­main Tigers in all grades bar their first grade team. He could have made first grade other than his love of his coun­try life and fam­ily.

John was a mem­ber of Du­ral Ro­tary Club and al­ways lived by the Ro­tary Creed which is “Ser­vice above Self ”. John’s com­mu­nity ser­vice started with be­ing a Mem­ber of the Apex Club, mov­ing across to Du­ral Ro­tary as he had be­come un­der the Apex Creed an old Rooster at 40! John held many po­si­tions within Du­ral Ro­tary Club from Sec­re­tary, Trea­surer, and 3 times Club Pres­i­dent.

One of John’s pas­sions was in­volved with fund rais­ing for the Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice with a yearly car bash to some­where in Aus­tralia which pro­vided much needed funds for the Fly­ing Doc­tors Ser­vice.

John was pas­sion­ate that Du­ral Ro­tary Club sup­ported the West­mead Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Re­search Dept., search­ing for cures on child­hood dis­eases that af­fected our chil­dren. We shared many a visit to the Re­search Dept. to see what won­der­ful work they are do­ing.

Both Nina & John were heav­ily in­volved with Ro­tary Clubs Youth Men­tal Health Fo­rums which we do on a yearly bases for years 10-11 Stu­dents in the Hills Dis­trict. We could al­ways rely on Nina and John to be there early and last to leave.

I could write many pages on all the won­der­ful Com­mu­nity sup­port John pro­vided for our Club and other or­gan­i­sa­tions. John al­ways went about his tasks qui­etly and with­out any fuss, but also en­sured the best job was done. This is only a snap shot of John’s Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

To Nina and the fam­ily, our deep­est sym­pa­thy for the loss of our mate, John, he will al­ways be part of the Ro­tary Club of Du­ral, and re­mem­bered with fond mem­o­ries.

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