Town turns out to farewell favourite local ‘Sid’
THE doors at 1 Clyde St, Maclean, were closed yesterday afternoon as one of town's most well-known identities, Sydney Hallam Jones, was given a final farewell.
Almost 500 people gathered at the St James Anglican Church to remember and mourn 'Sid', as he was known to the community, and as their butcher for 62 years.
Remembered for his sense of humour, his contribution to Maclean, his work ethic and his infamous sausages, family and friends throughout the service often remarked how 'Sid' had lived an extremely full life.
Phillip Jones described his father as one of Maclean's local characters; a man who was respected by many as reflected by the number of people who attended his funeral service.
"My dad was a very practical, respectful, considerate, thoughtful and compassionate man," Phillip said.
"Being a true Scotsman he would argue over five cents but never hesitate to hand out $50 to someone in need.
"He was a tireless worker; for more than 60 years Dad woke up every morning at 6am and had the shop open on time at 6.30am.
"It was his ritual and Maclean residents knew that if the shop was open at 6.30, then all was right and well in their town.
"And many would also remember Dad's old Bedford truck; twice a week, every Monday and Thursday it could be seen going back and forth between Maclean and the abattoir in Grafton.
"I'm sure anyone who ever got caught behind that old truck would cringe... he rarely exceeded 40 miles an hour."
Sid's eldest granddaughter, Hanna Jones, remembered her 'Pa' with great pride, describing the many things she admired about him.
"I think I can speak for everyone in the family when I say we all adored and loved him dearly," Ms Jones said. "We were all so proud of his achievements - he still ran his own business at 91 years old, he was a Maclean Highland Gathering Legend and respected elder of the community... and his secret sausage recipe.
"I will miss his calm, pragmatic rationale... and I know many here today will see his life as a life fully lived."
Sydney Hallam Jones died on September 12, aged 92, after a short illness. He worked in and later owned Walters RP & Son Butchers from 1948 until he was 91.
He was a foundation member of Maclean Apex Club, becoming district governor and gaining life membership of the club.
He was 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. Each year he proudly led the annual Scottish Parade as the flag bearer, up the street and to the showground.
His funeral service was closed by pipers from the Maclean and District Pipe Band.