Hervey Bay Independent : 25th September 2014
Mourners pay tribute to Bay’s Buddy Lea Close to one thousand mourners gathered at the Hervey Bay Baptist Church last Thursday to pay their respects to one of “God’s gentlemen”, Thomas Henry ‘Buddy’ Lea. Buddy Lea, a Vietnam veteran, passed away after losing his battle with cancer. In eulogies and readings led by Buddy’s children Miesha and Barry, extended family members and fellow veteran Lieutenant Colonel Harry Smith, those present shared a selection of cherished memories that depicted Buddy’s quirky, loveable and encompassing personality. Hervey Bay RSL SubBranch vice president Brian Tidyman said Buddy had been a great role model for the region’s Indigenous youth - describing the wellrespected veteran as one of “God’s gentlemen”. BOOK A FACIAL WITH MEGAN & RECEIVE A SECOND FACIAL ½ PRICE Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O’Connell said he saw Buddy’s inclusivity as one of his great hallmarks. “I have known Buddy later in his life and there is absolutely no doubt from those who knew him in the time of his army service Thomas Henry “Buddy” Lea was laid to rest in Hervey Bay last week after losing his battle with cancer. He is pictured above with former Australian soldier Ben Roberts-Smith VC, MG. speak of a heroic, generous and courageous person,” Cr O’Connell said. “He was really one of Fraser Coast‘s great larrikins. “But I don’t think you’d strike a more warm, MUST MENTION AD TO RECEIVE OFFERS VALID UNTIL 31/10/14 IPL & Microderm Packages available with Julie – By appointment only FUNDRAISING EVENT Blazing Saddles, Saturday 4th October, 6pm Hot and cold fi ngerfood served throughout the evening. Tickets $ Dan the Magic Man will entertain and surprise you with his illusions of which $20 goes to Relay Join us for a fun fi lled night and help raise much needed funds for cancer research – you won’t be disappointed Plenty of auctions and raffl es 347 The Esplanade, Scarness | 30 each Services Ph 4128 1680 | Fax 4124 6610 Do you have a child with a new or suspected autism diagnosis? AEIOU Foundation is enrolling now for 2015! At AEIOU, we help children with autism to reach their full Shop 7 Pulgul Street, Urangan | firstname.lastname@example.org PHONE 4125 3717 Find us on f 10 / Hervey Bay Independent, September 25, 2014 potential, with a high-quality, autism-specific early intervention program for children aged 2½ to 6 years. Our program is underpinned by specialist care, education and therapy support. AEIOU operates a centre in Hervey Bay, where local families can enrol their child on a full-time or part-time basis. The program is the most affordable of its kind, and is designed to support the individual needs and strengths of each child. Talk to us about how we can help your child, or a child you care for. Phone 07 3320 7545 or visit www.aeiou.org.au today. Motorists are being encouraged to consider other routes when travelling along Main Street as work gets underway to rebuild a section of the thoroughfare between Torquay Road and the Esplanade. The planned upgrade is set to see the roadway rebuilt, the old kerb, channel and footpaths replaced and better lighting, new road surfacing and line marking. free gift with any natio purchase of $35 or more accepting and supportive person than Buddy Lea. “He is certainly a loss to his family and our community but I think that his legend - and that’s exactly how you describe it - I think that his legend will live on.” Parking, road changes for Main Street Infrastructure and Planning Portfolio Councillor Trevor McDonald said traffic would be restricted to one-way on Main Street and there would be no on-street parking for the duration of the works. The project, which is set to help revitalise the Pialba CBD should be completed by mid-December, weather permitting.
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