The salt of the Earth
HE was a man truly dedicated to the community and family, residents and friends gathered at Amaroo to honour the life of Ray Poole.
The iconic man fund-raised for the service for more than 10 years and had been instrumental in getting Amaroo Aged Care Services established in the community.
General Manager of Aged Care, Jeanette Evans, said many people benefited from his devotion and dedicated volunteer work at Amaroo as he was there from the start.
“His involvement began a long time before the building was here and he was integral in establishing the facility,” Mrs Evans said.
“He joined as a committee member and later became chairman, and he was involved in organising a range of events and activities to raise money for the centre.
“Barely a week went by when we didn't see Ray and I can definitely say Amaroo would not be what it is today without him.”
Ray's youngest son, James, spoke at the service about how much time and effort his father put into Amaroo.
James said Ray was one of the bus drivers at Amaroo and he drove it up to Toowoomba for repairs one day with a green tree snake inside, unbeknownst to him.
Ray's commitment also extended beyond Amaroo and in 2002 he joined the Board of Churches of Christ Care to assist other communities like Gatton.
“Ray was an amazing man and we are so very grateful for his contribution here,” Mrs Evans said.
“He was the salt of the earth.”