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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21724

Ms KING (1:52 PM) —I rise to inform the House of the sad passing of Councillor John McManus on Tuesday, 28 October. Councillor McManus had a long, distinguished career representing Napoleons Ward in the Golden Plains Shire. He was a member of the shire council since its amalgamation in 1996 and served as mayor for two years from 1998 to 2000. He fought hard for his area, an area that he lived in all his life. As a teacher in many of our local primary schools, Councillor McManus also gave his time and commitment to educating future generations. His last appointment before his retirement was as principal of the Delacombe Primary School. I had the privilege of presenting a Centenary of Federation medal to Councillor McManus last year—an award he received for his hard work and commitment to community service. Just two days before his passing he was awarded a National Medal for Service for his contribution for 35 years to the local CFA. He leaves behind his wife of 38 years, Gwenda, and his two adult children, Andrew and Joanne. He will be missed by his family, the residents of Napoleons Ward, the CFA community and many children. John was a good man and one we will sadly miss. (Time expired)