imagine on that auspicious day in 1992 when Ken
opened the door to the post office in Burradon
for th first time that he or any of his customers
would have believed that he would have such a
profound effect on the lives of so many people.
Visiting the post office quickly developed into
a social occasion rather than an opportunity to
collect a pension or send a parcel. Ken quickly
developed a unique rapport with his customers
and in a short period of time, he developed a
special bond which was to last until the day of
his retirement. The post office developed into
the centre of community life in the village and
it became a part of people’s social life.
Irrespective of the length of the queue, Ken was
always willing to pass the time of day with people
and to many he was a vital lifeline for many residents
in the village. In times of tragedy, he offered
people his unconditional support and guidance
and he would help them to overcome most situations.
The announcement that the post office was closing
was a devastating blow for the entire community
and people’s minds quickly turned to concern
for Ken and the effect on him which galvanised
the community into action.
It was evident that Ken’s retirement was
to be an occasion which his friends were determined
to commemorate and strangely it contributed enormously
to reviving community spirit within the village
with people rallying to the cause.
In the past two weeks, Ken has attended many presentations
and he has received many valuable presents from
all sections of the community. However, I imagine
that the most precious gift that he has received
has been the affection and respect of a community
and hopefully the realisation that during the
past 22 years he has helped to enrich the lives
of so many people in our small community.
Best wishes and a long and happy retirement to
both you and June and no matter where your journey
in life takes you, the people of Burradon and
Camperdown will always remember you.