True gentleman of Childers
Childers man synonymous with the Isis region
EVEN at the occasion of his funeral, John Bunn reminded us all of his passion for history and sense of occasion.
John’s “conveyance” into the afterlife was a rustic coffin of his own design constructed of timbers grown on his own property.
That pretty well summed up the connection John had with the place of his birth and his desire to take elements of it with him at the time of his death.
The sight of John’s handcrafted coffin with his battered hat, a wooden fishing reel and weathered and worn cane knife handle sitting atop certainly caused me to smile.
While the eulogy delivered by Vince Mungomery captured the years and achievements of John, you had to have met the man to understand what a special kind of human being he was.
I got to know John before entering Rotary, when he was the driving force behind the establishing of the Isis District Historical Society and I owned the local newspaper.
He absolutely revelled in the history of our region and was often the “persuader” who got an old school building, canecutters cottage and numerous bits and pieces from a bygone era gathered together at what is now the local historical village.
He loved his property, took exceptional pride in his farming ability and must be considered as a “pioneer” in the local macadamia industry.
Before the ravages of Parkinson’s impacted so
❝ John was a gentleman with a strong sense of justice and fair play.
heavily on his life, John delighted in his long association with Rotary.
Many of us were lucky to share some time at his home on the Isis River during Rotary outings at Buxton.
John was a gentleman with a strong sense of justice and fair play.
He was exceptionally proud of his father’s war record and the amazing stories he told of his First World War exploits.
There were numerous stories generated by and about John over the years.
I well recall the incident when a huge carpet snake was loose in the lounge room of John’s home and he was diving around trying to catch it. Dorothy reckons he was about as agile as a bull in a china shop.
Anyone who was at our Valentine’s Day celebration in February would have witnessed a glimpse of the great affection that existed between Dorothy and John.
That night she sang a song as a tribute to the man she so dearly loved but who was battling such a debilitating illness.
John now joins the list of fellow Rotarians who have passed while members of our club. Let’s hope we can keep their memories alive with occasional reflection of their company, their service to our club and their contribution to our community.
COMMUNITY MINDED: Dorothy and John Bunn at the opening of the Childers Multi-Purpose Health Service’s residential aged care wing last year.
HAPPY EVENING: John Bunn enjoying a night out with friends from Rotary in 2011.