SIGN ON TOP OF AMBULANCE BUILDING SAYING FAREWELL TO LEN AND DAPHNE FRANKLIN
LEN AND DAPHNE FRANKLIN after the Anglican Church Service at the official farewell ceremony
STORY COURTESY OF MBNEWS
2nd of May 2015
Members of the community gathered in the grounds of St Lukes Anglican Church last Sunday morning to express their thanks to long time residents Len and Daphne Franklin. The couple are moving to Bribie Island to be closer to family after a lifetime in Rosewood and almost 60 years of serving the community. The Anglican Parish family were joined by representatives of Rosewood Rays Swimming Club, Cabanda Care, the Local Ambulance Committee, Ipswich City Council and members of the community. And the one thing that all groups agreed on was that the couple would be sorely missed for their willingness to go the extra mile in anything they were involved in.
It was a moment of reflection for Len when he handed back the keys to St Lukes he has held for the past 59 years. But the couple said that Rosewood has not seen the last of them. “Our ties are too deep and we’ll be back to visit,” Daphne said. Len and Daphne were emotional as the tributes flowed over morning tea. They were described as a ‘salt of the earth couple’ who ‘gave above and beyond that was ever expected of them’ While Len is looking forward to some fishing, although Daphne says it will be more like teaching the worms to swim, they do not intend to stop. We’ll get involved in our church up at Bribie and while I don’t swim at the beach I love to have a paddle so I am looking forward to that” Len said.
And Daphne has loads of material and wool that she says will continue to be made into items suited to donation to church activities. I’ll still make items for our Showbox Gifts at Christmas but we will be slowing down a bit that’s for sure,” she said. Rev Bill Colbrahams said: “I think we are all going to notice the sheer number of tasks that suddenly do not ‘get done’, taskes that these two have just quietly done for many years. “But I’m also quite sure if you visit Bribie you’ll see Len and Daphne sitting somewhere selling raffle tickets.”