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A man who had time for everyone – Jack Williams loved God, faith, family and serving others

FORMER well-known Ingham identity, solicitor, barrister and former shire chairman John Joseph “Jack” Williams (pictured) died on May 6 at 93 years of age in Townsville General Hospital. Jack’s Requiem Mass was held at St Patrick’s Church in Ingham on May 15. Jack was born the third child of William Francis Williams and Adelaide Penelope Williams (nee Kingsbury) in Townsville ... Read More »

Veterans’ Care Association is caring for families in crisis

Veterans' Care Association

DEACON Gary Stone and his team from Veterans’ Care Association work around a lounge room table, in a Kelvin Grove house that doubles as an office and a drop-in centre. Deacon Stone is chaplain to the veteran and ex-services community, and since VCA was set up 18 months ago, there’s been a rapidly growing demand for their services, which include ... Read More »

War veteran took on top-secret missions but never hid Catholic faith

Lionel Veale

JUST 12 months after enlisting in the army, 22-year-old Lionel Veale was tapped on the shoulder by a brigadier recruiting for a new, mysterious company of men, willing to take on top-secret assignments. It was 1941, just months before Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and opened up a new, Second World War front in the Pacific. “Do you think you’d be ... Read More »

Prayer breakfast told of mental health epidemic among soldiers

Vets slideshow

DEACON Gary Stone and his son Michael are both defence veterans and passionate about helping our young soldiers return to their families and civilian life. Together, they took on a new challenge last week – calling for greater public awareness about the plight of returning veterans, and seeking financial assistance for their mission through the Veterans Care Association. “The association ... Read More »

War veteran and husband of translator who helped decode the German Enigma Code at Bletchley Park turns 104

Neville Davis and family feature

NEVILLE Davis is a dedicated family man, whose service and parish commitment has been a life-sustaining force.  The remarkable man also celebrated his 104th birthday last week. “We all love him, he’s a great father,” daughter Hilary O’Reilly, 54, who is one of Neville’s five children, and second youngest daughter, said. Neville has 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. “He is ... Read More »

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