Sid leaves a snag legacy

LEGEND: Sid Jones’ nomination for Clarence Valley Local Hero.
LEGEND: Sid Jones’ nomination for Clarence Valley Local Hero. Adam Hourigan

Sydney Hallam Jones, or Sid, as he was known around the Clarence Valley, died on Thursday, aged 92, after a short illness.

His son, Barry, said his father often boasted he made the best sausages on the east coast, but the recipe was a closely guarded secret.

"He said he got the recipe for them from his grandmother, but he never passed it on to anyone except Ross," Barry said.

"Ross worked with Dad at the butcher's shop for 47 years and he has given it to him and no one else.

"If anyone asked what Dad was synonymous with, we would have said 'sausages'."

But there was a lot more Sid Jones did with the Clarence Valley community since he arrived in Grafton in 1935.

After a range of jobs including carpentry, retail selling and working on the railways, he began an association with RP Walters Butchery in 1948 after he married Beryl Waters and moved to Maclean.

Over the decades he became a partner and eventually the sole owner of the business.

Outside the business he was a foundation member of Maclean Apex Club, eventually becoming District Governor and gaining life membership of the club.

He was also president of Maclean Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, president of the golf club for 13 years and treasurer of the Anglican Church Council for 36 years.

He was also appointed Patron of the Lower Clarence Scottish Association for his outstanding support of the Maclean Highland Gathering.

Barry said Sid's love of bagpipe music would be reflected at his funeral at St James Anglican Church, Maclean on Friday at 12.30pm, where the town's pipe band will play.



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