John Chambers Died Aged 87, Remembered for Decades of Volunteer Work at Wagga | Announcer of the day

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Family, friends and community members will gather on Friday to celebrate the life and generosity of former Wagga Citizen of the Year John Chambers, who died Saturday at the age of 87. commercial printer at The Daily Advertiser for 25 years, but her list of volunteer efforts requires the most ink, her hand reaching out to many local nonprofits throughout her life. As the co-founder of Chambers and Whyte painting and design in 1977, he was well known for providing free raffle tickets and other resources to charities for over 30 years. The business started out as a gamble, and to continue supporting his wife and six children, he mortgaged the family home, while working part-time as a shoe salesman and bartender at RSL – where he worked. always “loved a beer and a punt.” Yet the struggle to make ends meet has never deterred Mr. Chambers from helping his community. Mr. Chambers’ son, Chris, said his father was always wise with advice whether you want to hear it or not, instilling the message that “no one is better than anyone” in his children. ”He was such a good person in the community… and he was a good one. father, “Chris said. In other news, he was instrumental in building vital facilities across Wagga, such as the Lilier Lodge cancer patient and family shelter, and the Edel Quinn homeless support service for men. He was a member of the ac tif of the local Cancer Council, St Vincent de Paul Society, and has been a long-term contributor to the South Wagga Rotary Club. His decades of volunteer work were later recognized by Rotary International, where he received the organization’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellowship, and in 2010 he was the proud recipient of the Wagga Citizen’s Award. year. Quoted in The Daily Advertiser 11 years ago, Mr Chambers said he had “always tried to do something for the community” and was grateful to receive the “wonderful award”. Later in life, he and his wife Patricia retired to Settlers Village, where Mr. Chambers continued to volunteer his time to organize activities for residents such as barbecues. Mr Chambers and his brother Raymond worked side by side at the newspaper, the family recalling a long history of parents working for The Daily Advertiser. Raymond said his older brother had always displayed a “heart of gold,” becoming the matriarch of the family as a teenager after their father’s death. “He had a responsibility to take care of mom and become a father figure to me when we really didn’t have any money,” he said. John Chambers’ funeral will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral on Friday at 1:45 p.m., followed by a private burial in the presence of the family. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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