Reedys leave village

TODAY, March 5, will be a sad day for the Jamberoo community when long-time residents Edna and Geoff Reedy farewell the town they have called home for the past 45 years.

Two of the municipality's most active citizens, the couple said the lack of facilities in town such as a doctor, chemist or service station forced their hand.

"So we are packing up and moving to Goulburn to be closer to our daughter Joanne and where facilities are much more available," Mrs Reedy said.

"Joanne leases a property just out of town where she has her horses and owns a lovely little coffee shop that she started five years ago. We will also be closer to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren."

The couple came to Jamberoo from Port Kembla and Mrs Reedy in particular got heavily involved in the town.

"Jo joined Kiama Pony Club and I went along as a parent. When club president Peter McGlinchey, in his own indomitable style, suggested that I should get my instructor's certificate I agreed, never imagining it would one day lead to me being state chief instructor of the PCA," Mrs Reedy said.

"I became a horse steward at Albion Park and Kiama Shows and eventually served long terms as secretary of both show societies.

"I also did community work in the Shellharbour Municipality through Meals on Wheels as well as driving the Community Bus - both of which I thoroughly enjoyed."

Mrs Reedy's contribution was recognised when she was awarded an OAM five years ago.

Mr Reedy has always been a quiet achiever.

After working at Lysaghts where he formed a reputation in computers, he continued his love for photography, as well as jazz music through the Kiama Jazz Club.

"I have also done around 20 years' voluntary service with the Kiama Community College, and for the last 10 years have run a drop-in centre for anyone who needs technical advice on computers or even mobile phones.

"I have even earned the name 'the silver fox of the computer forums'," Mr Reedy said.

The couple will miss their hometown and were honoured with a send-off at the Jamberoo Bowling Club last week.

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