Vale Len Pedwell
Another of the elder statesmen of the Mountain has gone.
At the age of 90 years, William Leonard Pedwell passed away peacefully in the RSL Nursing Home in Caboolture on April 20th, after a long illness.
The son of one of the early families to settle the Mountain, Len as a youngster helped with the family dairy farm until he left school aged fourteen. After a time working on local farms he enlisted in the army, serving for almost four years – much of it on active service in the Pacific theatre at Bouganville. On his discharge in 1946 he came home to take over the cream run – carting Mountain cream to the Woodford butter factory and in the empty cans bringing back all manner of stores ordered by the cream suppliers.
When the Mountain changed over to whole milk tanker supply, Len went carpentering for a spell before starting his highly successful banana growing enterprise, which he continued until his retirement at the age of 75 years.
Len was well known in woodchopping circles throughout SE Queensland and northern NSW – both as a successful competitor, and later as an administrator and judge.
But most of all, Len was known and respected throughout our community as a stalwart, always good company, always ready to lend a hand – and to have a yarn, and always concerned for the welfare of the community and of its individuals
Len was married for 65 years to his late wife Marjorie. He is survived by son Ray and five daughters, Anne, Betty, Jill, Ruth and Lenore, plus a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sadly, Marjorie and Len were predeceased by their second daughter Marion.
Len was a character, and he was held in great affection by Mountain residents. We will truly miss him.