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Old soldier hangs on for Remembrance Day

Reg Hackett stands in the ranks at the Anzac Day dawn service at Memorial Park in Grafton. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Reg Hackett stands in the ranks at the Anzac Day dawn service at Memorial Park in Grafton. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner JoJo Newby

LIKE the old soldier he was, Grafton World War 2 veteran Reg Hackett, hung on until Remembrance Day, said his son Jeff.

Reg Hackett, who was in charge of signals during his unit's campaign in New Guinea, died on Wednesday morning aged 93.

One of his two sons, Jeff, said Mr Hackett, remained lucid until near the end.

"He knew his sister Margaret was coming on Monday and he knew she had arrived," he said.

"He hung on until today and that was something that was very special to us.

"He was a great father to Doug and me."

Reg was the eldest of six children: Neville (dec), Frank, Barry, Margaret and Rex.

His wife, Lorna May, died 14 years ago.

After the war Reg returned to Grafton working in motor parts and sales for City Motors and later Steve and Phillip Wood.

"Dad won the top salesman award when he worked for Woods," Jeff said. "He had numerous overseas trips because of those prizes."

In retirement Reg was a keen lawnbowler with the Grafton Bowling Club, serving as president for a number of years.

Jeff said his father was a member of Probus and Legacy, doing a lot of work to help legatees.

His funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral Grafton on Monday at 10am, followed by a private cremation. The public is invited to attend the funeral and celebrate his life.



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