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Ted Wale - A Local Legend

November 02, 2017

There would not be many people who could say they have lived through two world wars, have personally watched the many changes of the last century, have been awarded a Citizen of the Year, and have had the honour of being the third oldest person in Australia.


But 107 year old Ted Wale could.


Earlier this week I learnt of Ted’s passing and it has left me feeling many emotions.


I am sad to hear of his passing, but at the same time, I feel so honoured and privileged to have called Ted my friend.


I have known Ted for the past seven years and I can honestly say that I had never met anyone like him.


Ted was a true local legend and only recently he moved from his home in Cabramatta to aged care at the Whiddon Easton Park residential facility in Glenfield.


Up until his move, Ted maintained his own home, mowing his lawns and carrying out general maintenance. 


Ted was a talented artist and until two years ago, he gave art lessons and right up until his passing, he was a practicing artist.


Ted was a foundation member of the Fairfield City Art Society, in 2016, Ted was awarded Fairfield’s Citizen of the Year, and he was the oldest living member of the Australian Labor Party.


Ted had amazing recall and he loved to talk.  Recently my staff and I visited Ted for his 107th birthday and he was in his element talking about his childhood and making us laugh with his stories.


When we walked into the room, he noticed I had multicultural staff.


He welcomed the Arabic speaker in Arabic and then he proceeded to count to 10 in Mandarin to my Chinese staff member.


Ted was a character, he had strong opinions, especially when it came to art, but he made us laugh and at times he brought a tear to our eyes.


You will be missed Ted Wale, rest in peace my friend.