Hi Taree Community,
Around about 6 years ago, the newspaper published an article regarding a local character, Bert Kroon, also known as Albert Crown. The article told of a book he authored, "The Man with Itchy Feet", a story of his life in wartime Holland and migration to Australia.
Sadly, Bert, my step-father, passed away yesterday at Bulahdelah at the ripe old age of 91 - a month short of 92.
Despite the dementia that saw his words get jumbled, he remained very proud to have become an Australian and often spoke of people within Taree and how good the community had been to him over the 10 years or so he lived there. And, on his behalf, I would like to thank those he mentioned:
The ladies of Taree Institute, who delivered books to him - he was an avid reader.
His friends at Taree bowling club - although he hadn't played for a few years.
Neighbours and friends, Eric, Leianie and Liz.
In particular, a man named Victor and his partner Louise, who honored a promise of about 10 years ago to care for his beloved dog "Dusty", whom Victor & Louise originally gave to 'an old man they heard on the radio upset about losing his own dog'.
And Bulahdelah Nursing Home staff. They are absolutely wonderful people caring for elderly folk in a beautiful location. The beautiful heart & soul of the staff made it easy for Bert to settle in. I've got a good 40 years to wait, but I plan to book myself in!
Some of his final words to me suggested I could buy a car and he could drive us down to Cooma. No doubt, his feet were still itchy when he took his final journey.
Thank you people of Taree, for taking him in to the community he CHOSE to live in, despite there being no family close by. The bowling club was the main attraction!