Hundreds mourn the passing of a dedicated public servant
Region turns out to pay respects to former mayor Charlie Lowles
POLITICIANS, local government representatives and the wider community paid their last respects to beloved former Blacktown mayor Charlie Lowles at his funeral last Wednesday.
Mr Lowles OAM, who died on October 30, was affectionately known as the “Mayor of Mt Druitt” for the many years he championed the district and was at the forefront of improvements and developments.
The funeral, attended by about 1000 people, was held at Emerton’s Holy Family Catholic Church.
“It has been a very heartbreaking week,” said Blacktown Councillor and Deputy Mayor Tony Bleasdale, who delivered a eulogy on behalf of Blacktown Council.
“This is a great loss. Charlie would have been 84 in December, but he was sharp. He was a very gentle, loving individual. He was like a magnet — he attracted people of every persuasion to every case and cause, and he was a doer, he got things done.”
Mr Lowles an ALP stalwart, served six terms as Blacktown mayor and six as deputy over his 27 years in local government.
Among his myriad of achievements, he oversaw the construction of Emerton Leisure Centre, and lobbied for upgrades to Mt Druitt Hospital.
Cr Bleasdale said Mr Lowles cared about all community issues.
“He wanted to make sure these communities had some top and great facilities because, when (the areas) were built years and years ago, governments didn’t provide any facilities,” Cr Bleasdale said.
“What many don’t know is the council was in debt many years ago for about $60 million and Charlie was instrumental in putting in place a strategy to reduce that debt.”
Mr Lowles grew up in England and fought in the Korean War for the British Army. He died from complications from cancer.
Mr Lowles is survived by wife Alma and four children from his first marriage.
He wanted to make sure these communities had some top and great facilities Tony Bleasdale
Dignitaries, family and friends attended the funeral for former Blacktown mayor Charlie Lowles at Holy Family Church, Emerton, on Wednesday. Picture: Carmela Roche