FAREWELL: Gordon Eckersley
FAREWELL: Gordon Eckersley

A full and happy life

GORDON Eckersley had a kind and gentle nature - but he was also known for his practical jokes.

Gordon's daughter Alison Herden said he loved to play jokes on unsuspecting people and would roar with laughter at the results.

"He particularly liked frightening the old girls," she said.

"His staff that we worked with, he would go up behind them and drop a metal tray on the tiles making a loud bang.

"And few of the older ladies would say 'thank you Gordon, now I have to go home and change my knickers.'

"He just loved a good time."

Gordon was born on May 25, 1938 in Truro Hospital at Maclean. He was the youngest of 12 surviving children and would often say "mother decided she had perfected the procedure and wouldn't have anymore".

Leaving school at 14 years old, Gordon got his first job at Schaeffer's Hardware Store - where he worked for 30 years.

He went on to own and work in a coffee shop and BJ's Bargains - but his association with the Maclean Bowling Club formed a large part of his working life.

Gordon spent 10 years as the house chairman of the club, became its youngest ever life member in 1978 and was secretary manager from 1989 until he retired in 1995.

But he was of course still a regular face involved socially at the club.

He also held key positions with Maclean Seniors right up until his death last week.

Alongside him was wife Fran whom he fell in love with at the age of 19. Fran was from the Hunter Valley but was holidaying in the Clarence Valley when they met.

After four years of courting, they were married in 1961.

Fran and Gordon were blessed with three daughters - Christine, Alison and Kym.

Mrs Herden said her father left a legacy in what he taught them.

"To be you but always work hard and be honest in everything that you do. And be true to your friends," she said.

More than 400 people turned out to farewell Gordon who died on December 22.

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