Vale Jim Lloyd: com­mu­nity loses a true quiet achiever

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A WAN­GARATTA man who gave many years to ju­nior sport and ath­let­ics in the ru­ral city, was laid to rest on Tues­day.

Jim Lloyd, who passed away last week aged 81, played ju­nior foot­ball with Im­pe­ri­als, and went on to coach Ju­nior Mag­pies in the Wan­garatta Ju­nior Foot­ball League for 15 sea­sons from the age of just 19.

Jim suc­cess­fully coached the Mag­pies to back to back pre­mier­ships in the late 1950s, and to four con­sec­u­tive flags in the 1960s.

Many of the play­ers who moved through the ju­nior ranks un­der his tute­lage re­mem­ber Jim’s coach­ing direc­tions and mo­ti­va­tional speeches.

A good mid­dle dis­tance run­ner, Jim was hon­oured to be se­lected to carry the Olympic torch in 1956 af­ter fin­ish­ing third in a qual­i­fy­ing race and be­ing able to run a sub­five minute mile.

Af­ter this, along with Bill Ea­ton, Frank Sey­mour and Jim Nolan, Jim helped form the Wan­garatta Har­ri­ers Ath­letic Club.

He spent much of the next 50 years associated with the club, and served as pres­i­dent for many years.

Through a life ded­i­cated to fam­ily, Jim also gave time to his com­mu­nity through chil­dren David and Michelle’s kinder­garten and school com­mu­ni­ties, Cubs and Brown­ies, and sport­ing in­volve­ment.

“Those who knew Dad well know that he was a doer,” Michelle said.

“If you needed some­thing done, Dad was your man.”

Michelle said her father worked tire­lessly to get the Wan­garatta 3rd Scout Hall es­tab­lished and built off Park Lane, and was in­volved in ren­o­va­tions and an ex­ten­sion to the Wan­garatta Guide Hall in Ryan Av­enue be­ing com­pleted.

He also worked to have a ded­i­cated ath­letic fa­cil­ity de­vel­oped in Wan­garatta, with the Bill Ea­ton Ath­letic Com­plex es­tab­lished at Ap­pin Park in 2008.

In later years, Jim and his wife of 53 years, Eileen, vol­un­teered at the Wan­garatta Base Hospi­tal’s Dicker Wing, and later at Il­loura Nurs­ing Home, for a com­bined 14 years.

“While Mum did the cooking, it was Dad who chat­ted and en­ter­tained the res­i­dents, en­cour­ag­ing them to try what­ever Mum and the other ladies had made,” Michelle said.

Af­ter a bat­tle with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease, Jim passed away on Oc­to­ber 2, as Michelle said, “qui­etly and gen­tly, just like him”.

“Al­though quiet, he was a de­ter­mined per­son who al­ways gave 100 per cent and he al­ways fin­ished what he started,” Michelle said.

QUIET ACHIEVER: Jim Lloyd passed away last week, aged 81.

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