Mates cel­e­brate 80 years to­gether

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

EIGHTY years ago Ge­orge Pow­ell and Sam Caval­laro were born nine days apart and be­came in­stant friends.

Through­out the decades they went to sep­a­rate pri­mary schools, found jobs and mar­ried and set­tled down, but re­mained great mates.

“Since the cot, we’ve al­ways been friends, he went to Rocky Point and I went to St Au­gus­tine’s in Moss­man and we played foot­ball against each other,” Sam said.

“We done our own thing but when we met up, we were al­ways good friends and would chat.”

In those days there was no high school and Ge­orge did his ap­pren­tice­ship with the Moss­man mill as a car­pen­ter, while Sam went to work on his fam­ily’s prop­erty.

At the age of 16, Ge­orge built his par­ents a house and con­tin­ued to build houses through the area, in­clud­ing a house for the Cobbs in the Up­per Dain­tree.

“In the real old days I was only an ap­pren­tice at the mill at the time and out bush I built a place on the beach for my par­ents, which is a park now at Wonga Beach,” Ge­orge said.

“I went to Pa­pua New Guinea in 1953-57 and then came back and started to build in Moss­man - I built quite a few all over the dis­trict and the most sig­nif­i­cant I think was St Au­gus­tine’s Church, War­ren Jenk­ins and my­self were the builders.”

Ge­orge’s fa­ther Stanis­laus Pow­ell also made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the area as the print set­ter of the Moss­man Mail in the early 1930s.

In true friend­ship, Ge­orge built Sam’s house that he cur­rently lives in to­day with his wife Grace and also a house for Sam’s mother.

“We had our 50th birth­days to­gether which was won­der­ful, since he moved to Cairns we see each other once a year but the friend­ship is still there,” Sam said.

Sam, who at 80 con­tin­ues to fly his ul­tra­light, re­ceived a sur­prise 80th birth­day last week­end with over 100 guests, but the best sur­prise was on Mon­day when Ge­orge came to visit with his fam­ily.

“I’ve al­ways found Sam to be a gen­uine per­son even from the early days, places like Moss­man didn’t have the big pop­u­la­tions and you sort of grow up to­gether,” Ge­orge said.

Last­ing friend­ship: Sam Caval­laro and Ge­orge Pow­ell

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