DAB hand at being nice
WITH the passing of Peter Culley, president of the Douglas Arts Base, the community has lost a leading figure in the arts world, a dedicated teacher, and a thoroughly good bloke.
He was a gentle, charming man who saw the good in most people and never lost his rag.
Once, exasperated by a council official’s complete inability to comprehend a matter of arts policy, he got as near to swearing as he found possible.
“That woman,” he managed, “that woman, she’s ... she’s ... awful.”
As a young man he’d been an ace Australian Rules footballer, cricketer and, in later years, an extremely good golfer. And I mean good.
He carried these accomplishments lightly as he did his rare ability to teach his beloved art. His students at DAB adored him. For them he was a fine teacher, friend and a sympathetic listener. He will be sadly missed by us all. As has been said of other fine folk when they’ve passed away - when they made him, they broke the mould.
Dearly missed: DAB president Peter Culley