Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Noel Forever in Their Hearts; Loving Tribute to Family Man and Community Hero

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Noel Forever in Their Hearts; Loving Tribute to Family Man and Community Hero

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Byline: Geordi Offord Geordi.Offord@news-mail.com.au

NOEL SEARLE

April 27, 1933 --

February 20, 2019

A HUSBAND, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a community-minded man.

William "Noel" Searle has been described as a marvellous and loyal man who considered his friends as friends for life.

He was a founding member of Meals on Wheels in Bundaberg, a member of Bundaberg Lions Club since it began and received an Order of Australia Medal in 2009 for his service to the Bundaberg community.

Last week, after a 12-month battle with his health, Noel passed away and his life was celebrated yesterday as 500 of his family and friends gathered for his funeral.

Wife Wendy and daughter Andrea Playford spoke with the NewsMail about the man they adored and shared some of the memories they made.

Wendy and Noel met in 1954 on a Saturday night at the Lewis Bros "Dance Palais" and were together until the day he died.

"Everybody went there (the Dance Palais) on Saturday night and at 10 o'clock when the bar closed that's when everyone would really start dancing because the boys would come up," she said.

"It was a wonderful marriage, I can't ever look back on any trouble, he'd back you up and I'd always back him up.

"We love our kids, we love the people they married and we love the grandkids and great-grandkids."

Noel was a hard worker, having worked at the Fairymead Sugar Mill and later for Massey Ferguson, a cane harvester manufacturer.

Andrea said his career with the harvester company took him across the world to Cuba and the US.

"For a person born in 1933, in those days you didn't think about travelling the world," she said.

"What he ended up doing and the people he had to meet, like world leaders, that is quite an amazing life.

"To only have an education up to Grade 9 and achieve what he did is pretty amazing and he was very community-minded as well. …

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