Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Champion of Sport Gone; John Barlow Remembered in Life, Death for Untireless Work

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Champion of Sport Gone; John Barlow Remembered in Life, Death for Untireless Work

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Byline: Doug Gillett

BUNDABERG farewelled a champion for sport and the community with the recent death of John Barlow after he lost a long battle with cancer.

John was born in Bundaberg on March 29, 1943, the second child of the late Rupert and Gladys Barlow.

He attended Bundaberg South Primary and Bundaberg State High schools but finished after year 10 and started his first job as a C[pounds sterling]spud boyC[yen] at the BCC store in Bourbong St.

John transferred to the BCC Broadbeach store for a few years but he moved back home to take over as manager of the BCC store in North Bundaberg.

He then worked as a car salesman for AL Stewart & Co, before having two more career changes, firstly as a book-keeper with the Patrick & Hishen Company, and finally establishing his own debt collecting company Bundaberg Commercial Agency, which he continued to operate until being diagnosed with lymphoma in 2003.

While operating Bundaberg Commercial Agency, John also served as Bailiff of the Court in Bundaberg and as a boat license instructor.

Throughout his life, John gave great service to his city, state and country through many sporting and service organisations.

But his greatest sporting passion was surf life saving, joining the Moore Park club at the age of 16, and being awarded a life membership, before transferring to the Elliott Heads club, where he also gave long and outstanding service, including as president and was also inducted as a life member.

He won many awards, including the Australian BP Lifesaver of Year, he was a dual winner of the Queensland BP Lifesaver of Year award, and during his competitive years, he never missed a state championship, and one of his speciality events was pillow fighting which was always keenly contested until it was cut from the program.

John also served for a number of years as the state team manager, travelling regularly including to New Zealand several times with the team. …

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