Hun­dreds mourn the pass­ing of a ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vant

Re­gion turns out to pay re­spects to for­mer mayor Char­lie Lowles

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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

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