Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Man of Integrity with a Touch of 'Scallywag'; Col Ware: September 18, 1937 {Ndash} November 16, 2008

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Man of Integrity with a Touch of 'Scallywag'; Col Ware: September 18, 1937 {Ndash} November 16, 2008

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Byline: Margaret de Silva margaret.desilva @dailyexaminer.com.au

Described variously as a man with integrity and faith, a loyal friend, devoted husband, loving father and 'scallywag', Grafton resident Col Ware was well-known and admired throughout the Clarence Valley and Anglican Church Diocese.

Born in Grafton on September 18, 1937, Col was the fourth child of Elsie and Roy Ware. He grew up in South Grafton with brothers Kevin (dec), Ron (dec), Bob, Darrell and sister Daphne.

He attended South Grafton Primary School and Grafton High School before beginning his career as a clerk at an accountancy firm when he was 15.

This first job sparked an interest in finance that would last throughout his working life. Col began studying accountancy by correspondence through Sydney Technical College while working at the firm.

Although he did not finish the course, he continued to work in finance roles, first as a clerk at George Hudson P/L timber mill for 12 years then as company secretary to RJ Want (later Mason Enterprises), until he retired at age 65 in 2002.

His wife of 50 years, Kaye, said Col was highly regarded in the Grafton building industry through his work at RJ Want.

However, she remembered him in a more playful light. When asked how she would describe him, she laughed.

"I shouldn't say it, but the first word that pops into my mind is 'scallywag'," she said.

"He was an everyday person who just got on with life and did what he thought was best to do,"

"He was a very honourable person ... a good man."

Kaye met Col at a dance at the Barn in the mid 1950s. She said he was a wonderful dancer, who was particularly talented with the waltz.

"We went to nearly every ball in town in our younger days," she said.

The couple married at Nambucca Heads, where Kaye grew up, at the Anglican Church on July 19, 1958.

They would eventually have three children, Kathie, Stuart and Judith, and built a home in George Street, Grafton. …

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