Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

A Veteran Traveller; Celebrating the Life of John Richard Ingram, September 1, 1922 - May 18, 2014

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

A Veteran Traveller; Celebrating the Life of John Richard Ingram, September 1, 1922 - May 18, 2014

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ON June 1 members of the Kingscliff Coast Guard spread the ashes of their friend and World War II veteran, the late John Richard Ingram, in Cudgen Creek.

It was a mark of the respect and admiration they had for the coast guard volunteer and Kings-cliff resident who died in May.

John was born in St Margaret's Hospital in Darlinghurst.

The only child of John Thomas and Florence Agnes Ingram, he went to a number of schools and completed his education at Sacred Heart Marist Bros in Darlinghurst.

After leaving school, he worked in a range of jobs before joining the Navy at 17.

John went on to serve in the Second World War in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

He was posted to Amberley Air Station in Queensland where he was known to hitch a ride in an air force plane to visit his soon-to-be wife, Iris. The couple used to meet up in Coolangatta to go dancing.

They married on April 22, 1950 at St Francis Parish in Paddington. As John was a Catholic and Iris was an Anglican, some said their marriage wouldn't last - but they proved the doubters wrong with an impressive 51 years together.

John and Iris honeymooned at Jenolan Caves before taking a train to Queensland and beginning married life on a farm at 17 Mile Rock, between Ipswich and Brisbane.

During their time there, John bought a 1930 model Singer car. After being given a fresh lick of paint and being dubbed the "red terror", that car saw the couple embark on countless adventures.

Several months after moving to the farm, John was posted to Richmond.

They spent 30 years in a Guilford war service home before he was posted to Darwin in 1952.

In 1965, John joined Qantas Airlines, where he worked as an air traffic controller.

John and Iris were avid travellers, heading overseas each year and managing to see most of the world. They were both particularly fond of cruises.

After retiring from Qantas in 1979, John and Iris moved to the Central Coast, where they spent 13 years. During this time, they were able to be closer to John's mother Flo in her last years of life. …

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