The National : THE NATIONAL Jan - Feb 2015
The following Eulogy for Paul Hill of Werner Linen, Berri, was delivered by Paul’s son. We join the industry in expressing our sadness at the loss of Paul Hill, who battled cancer for ten years with courage, grace, humour, and a formidable will to live. “Dad was born on 14th December, 1948, to parents Raymond and Mary. The eldest of 9 siblings, James, Mark, John, Phillip, Kathy, Theresa and Bernie. During his school years he rowed in the first 8 for Christian Brothers College. He also participated in Scouts. He played football which he continued into higher grades. After school he entered into a Baker/Pastry cook apprenticeship which he completed with Sumners Bakery at Mt. Torrens. It was during this period Dad met a young lady named Janet at the Cherry Garden Ball. Before his apprenticeship was completed he was conscripted to do National Service, which was delayed until his apprenticeship was finished. He trained at Puckapunyal Army camp for 10 weeks and was released just shy of his 2 years on compassionate grounds. Soon after being release from the army Dad and Mum were married and moved to Charleston. Dad returned to the baking game and not long after that they moved to Woodside. When Mum was expecting with Christopher, Dad applied for and got a job at Tip Top Bakery at Daw Park and they moved home again, just down the road from the Bakery. After the birth of Christopher, then came Andrew. After my birth Dad started a second job driving taxis. Mum and I still recall one night going to drop him off in our Hiace van when I stood up in the back to have a look where we were and being a typical taxi driver he jambed the brakes on sending me head first into the motor cowling and ending up at the doctors for some stitches. During this time there were many camping trips to Fisheries Beach and Browns Beach. A few years later we moved house again to Reynella and Mum and Dad welcomed the arrival of their daughter Gabrielle. In 1988 Dad was transferred in his job with Alsco to Melbourne where we spent 4 years as temporary Mexicans. In 1992 he was transferred back to Adelaide. 5 years later Dad took the bold step to buy a Commercial Laundry in a small country town and offer to his children the opportunity to work together. Through working in the laundry industry, Dad became involved in the Textile Rental and Laundries Associations. He was a finalist in the Horscroft Award in 1984. More recently he was awarded a Long Service Award by TRLA S.A. Over the years Dad was always heavily involved in the Catholic Church. St Theresa’s - Daw Park, Morphett Vale, St Dominics – Melton, Woodcroft and most recently OLOR. His faith was strong and integral to his life. What did Dad mean to me? • He was the bloke who let us sip the froth off his beer when we were young tackers at the end of his working day. • Dad was the person who gave me my earliest memory when as a young lad I stood up in the back of our Hiace van to see where we were and Dad slammed the brakes on to stop at the lights resulting in me going head first in the metal motor cowling. Not only was that memory imprinted on my brain but 34 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2015 Eulogy Paul Hill Popular industry figures, Paul and Janet Hill, attended many industry events. Paul Hill presenting the inaugural TRLA SA Life Membership to Ron Werner.
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