HE IS a well known face throughout the community, with some perhaps remembering Ken Moore as GJ Coles cafeteria manager, but it was all about Ken last week when the community driven man turned 90.
When The Adviser arrived at a special family gathering to celebrate his birthday at the Royal Mail Hotel in Mooroopna on Tuesday, Ken was full of emotion, but he was all too happy to share his lifetime of stories.
Ken said, “My biggest achievement has been my five daughters, which has led to 12 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. I started a production line.
“I worked with GJ Coles for 28 years and was manager of the cafeteria for six years. I ended up leaving Shepparton and worked in the Adelaide Coles for six years before taking up a job at Flinders University as the student catering manager.
“I couldn’t stay away though. I moved back to Shepparton in 1980 and was the manager of the Association for the Blind until I retired in 1984/85.
“I was the inaugural president of the Shepparton Central Rotary Club and spent 17 years as a legatee.
“I love being out in the community. I played bowls for 41 years and even became the national umpire, but I cannot play anymore so instead I have taken up croquet.
“Perhaps one of the most interesting things I was involved in was servicing planes just after WWII. I serviced the planes in Singapore that were bringing prisoners of war back. Back then it took five days to go to Singapore and now it takes seven hours. Times certainly have changed.
“I have to say though, what was more interesting than that was bringing up a family.
“My most memorable moment would have been meeting and marrying my late wife Margaret.
“If I had one piece of advice to pass on, it would be to help people and volunteer, it’s very rewarding and also to try and live a good, healthy life.”