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Jim was a man for all sports

ECHUCA-MOAMA LEGEND PACKED PLENTY INTO HIS 108 YEARS, BOWLING RIGHT UP TO THE END

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It is the end of an era for the Echuca-Moama community, with the death of 108-year-old Jim Stapleton on August 12.

Jim was born on June 17, 1913, at Berringa, near Ballarat and lived in EchucaMoam­a since 1952.

Jim and his wife, Nell, had four children, John, Ian, Lynette and Michael (who died in a car accident in 1975).

Before he died, Jim was believed to be the oldest man living in Victoria and the fifth oldest man in Australia.

Two months after his 108th birthday, Jim died at Echuca hospital.

A private family funeral was held on Wednesday, August 18, and Jim’s son Ian said a memorial would be held once COVID-19 restric- tions allowed.

 ??  ?? Farewell to an Echuca-Moama legend: Jim Stapleton died last week, aged 108. He was still sending down bowls in the days leading up to his death.
Farewell to an Echuca-Moama legend: Jim Stapleton died last week, aged 108. He was still sending down bowls in the days leading up to his death.
 ??  ?? Always smiling: Jim Stapleton, shortly before his 100th birthday.
Always smiling: Jim Stapleton, shortly before his 100th birthday.
 ??  ?? Stuck at it: It took until he was 99 years old for Jim Stapleton to play in his first bowls grand final.
Stuck at it: It took until he was 99 years old for Jim Stapleton to play in his first bowls grand final.
 ??  ?? Milestone: Jim Stapleton celebrated his 108th birthday with a party on Saturday, June 26.
Milestone: Jim Stapleton celebrated his 108th birthday with a party on Saturday, June 26.

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