Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

City Farewells the Genteel Volunteer; Ginger Feez Was a Gentleman Who Etched His Place in Warwick History

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

City Farewells the Genteel Volunteer; Ginger Feez Was a Gentleman Who Etched His Place in Warwick History

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Byline: TONI SOMES

DOUGLAS C[pounds sterling]GingerC[yen] Feez etched his place in Warwick history through community work.

But it was his other qualities which reserved his place in our city's heart.

Yesterday those who knew and loved him described him as the C[pounds sterling]quintessential gentlemanC[yen].

A dignified and popular statesman, he worked tirelessly for organisations like the Warwick Show and Rodeo Society and the local branch of the Leukaemia Foundation, earning a reputation as a fair but effective administrator.

He died on Monday after a battle with cancer, but he will be remembered for a lifetime of generosity.

Born Douglas Ricardo Feez in 1928 he was on arrival promptly nicknamed Ginger by his grandfather, a moniker that held for a lifetime.

His childhood was spent on a grazing property in the Upper Pilton before he went to school in Toowoomba then Brisbane.

After school he studied veterinary science at Queensland University.

It was during these years he reconnected with Mary Cox, a friend of a friend from his primary school years.

From that point on C[pounds sterling]CoxieC[yen], as he always affectionately referred to her, would be his lifelong companion.

The couple married in 1952. His death on Monday came just two days before their 59th wedding anniversary.

C[pounds sterling]When we moved from Pilton to Beauaraba, a poultry farm at Canningvale, Ginger became very involved with the show society,C[yen] Mrs Feez recalled.

C[pounds sterling]He was very community-minded and a very good administrator.C[yen]

Despite his civic commitments he always made time for family and was a pivotal influence on his children Susan, William, Annabel and Elizabeth.

C[pounds sterling]Dad was wonderful at fixing things. If something broke we always said Cytake it to Dad',C[yen] Susan remembered. …

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