Simon Terry and Joan Thomas gave to the Goulburn community: Obituaries

MISSED: Joan Thomas was heavily involved in several community organisations and an Anglican church parishioner. Photo supplied.

MISSED: Joan Thomas was heavily involved in several community organisations and an Anglican church parishioner. Photo supplied.

Simon Terry

NEWSPAPER MAN: Simon Terry will be remembered for his 10 years as manager of the Goulburn Post. Photo: Wagga Daily Advertiser.

NEWSPAPER MAN: Simon Terry will be remembered for his 10 years as manager of the Goulburn Post. Photo: Wagga Daily Advertiser.

A former Goulburn Post managing editor has passed away on the south coast.

Simon Terry died at Merimbula on Thursday, November 9.

Mr Terry was The Post’s manager for about 10 years until about 1980.

Former photojournalist, Leon Oberg, described him as a “fair boss.”

“He was an outstanding journalist who superintended the transition from letter press to offset printing, a new technology which at the time was a traumatic changeover,” he said.

Mr Oberg said Mr Terry championed a more modular layout that greatly improved the newspaper’s presentation.

“That was his legacy. The Post had a lot of success under Simon,” he said.

Mr Terry came to the newspaper following his time as the Wagga Daily Advertiser’s chief of staff.

Longtime solicitor Don Elder and his family were close friends when both lived at West Goulburn.

“He was very involved in the community, particularly Goulburn Mulwaree Rotary Club, of which he was a past president. He was a very outgoing and friendly type of fellow who was highly competent at his job,” Mr Elder said.

In 1980 Mr Terry bowed out of newspapers and moved to Wagga Wagga where he managed a motel and later built the Garden Court Restaurant with wife, Janet, in the Botanical Gardens. The couple sold this in 2011.

Mr Terry had been living in Merimbula for several years with second wife, Lyn.  He is also survived by children Paul, Katrina and Fiona and eight grandchildren. His funeral service will be held at Clavering Park Crematorium Chapel, Wolumla, (between Bega and Merimbula, this Friday, November 17 at 2pm.

Joan Thomas

Well known Goulburn community member Joan Thomas passed away on September 25, 2017.

Mrs Thomas was born Joan Noreen Westacott on March 3, 1938 in Ashfield, Sydney to Roy and Esma Westacott. 

In 1963 she married Wallace (Wal) Stewart and the couple settled in Goulburn a year later and raised three children, Malcolm, Robert and Jennifer. The family lived at Wollondilly Avenue before moving to a house they built in Record St, Bradfordville. Mrs Thomas lived there until moving to Warrigal Aged Care Facility in 2014.

She worked in education administration, predominantly at Mulwaree High School and West Goulburn Public School until her retirement. 

Mrs Thomas was heavily involved with many clubs, charities and community organisations and was a devoted Anglican church parishioner. She served as president and other roles in the Goulburn Argyle Club committee, to name just one. 

She died peacefully surrounded by family at Warrigal Aged Care Facility.

A funeral service conducted by Reverend Ross Hathway was conducted at St Nicholas Anglican Church, Kinghorne Street, Goulburn on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. A private cremation followed.  

Mrs Thomas is survived by her sisters Carol McKenzie and Jen Sharpe, both of Sydney, and her children Malcolm Thomas of Canberra, Robert Thomas of Sydney and Jennifer Thomas of Collector. She has three grandsons - Joshua, Matthew and Nicholas.

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