Exponent of pow wow

By JULIA ILES

julia.iles@dailyexaminer.com.au

EVERY morning Don Donohoe would look at two pictures on his fridge, one of him proudly holding a large fish and the other of himself surrounded in greenery.

Although for him gardening and fishing were valued hobbies, nothing compared with the thrill of making sales, according to his friend and business partner Baden Powell.

"He just lived for his job, and was very good at it, even in the final months when he was really unwell he would still go into the shop," Mr Powell said, referring to Powells Discount Stores, where Mr Donohoe was the general manager for many years.

"Don was a very successful retailer who loved buying property and was well respected and a good friend. I knew him for 55 years, he had a good mind and I will miss him terribly."

Mr Powell and Mr Donohoe grew up next door to each other, until the Donohoe family moved away.

"I didn't see him for years, then when I was cleaning up after the floods in 1943, I heard a tap on the door and it was Don," he said.

"The office where he was working had flooded and he said he had nothing else to do so gave me a hand and I ended up offering him a job at my family's store."

Mr Donohoe, who was 72, this week died after a long illness, 19 years after his beloved wife June passed away.

He was liked for his steadfast spirit and prided himself on not making mistakes.

Mr Donohoe's ideas included car and turkey promotions to increase sales at Powells.

His four children Tony, Andrew, Rick and Lisa have gathered together at Mr Donohoe's home and will attend his funeral tomorrow.

"He used to go into work once a week on a Monday and would spend his time between here (Grafton) and the apartment at Woolgoolga," Lisa Donohoe said.

"Dad would sometimes go to the club and liked to play the pokies a bit."

The lawn of his Grafton home remains immaculate and Rick Donohoe remembers as a young person having to pull out weeds.

"He really liked his lawn, he was also a family man, he grew vegetables and fruit trees like mangos and paw paws," he said.

"I went fishing with him a million times as a youngster."



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