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Garden honours stalwart

A MEMORIAL garden with silhouette of Dingee stalwart Frank Winzar was officially unveiled on Monday.

The entrance to Dingee Bush Nursing Centre now pays tribute to the 40-year member of the centre’s board and gardener at local facilities who died last year, aged 94.

More than 60 people attended the ceremony where centre board president Geoff Thomas and manager Kylie Smith unveiled the metal silohouette of Frank watering the garden.

Among them were members of Frank’s family including grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kylie described Frank as a wonderful person who in the four years she had been at the centre would be sitting on a stool watering the gardens every morning.

“He would then say hello or go off to his next job ... the gardens, the bowls,” she said.

Mr Thomas said: “We lost some beautiful people in 2020 ... Frank was one.”

He said the unveiling provided an opportunity for the community and family to remember Frank.

“He poured his heart and soul into Dingee. He spent his life caring in so many organisations. He and Kevin Pollock transformed the bland facade of the (bush nursing) centre.”

Local progress association president John Gledhill said Frank had been a founding and life member of the association.

Mr Gledhill said Frank had helped raise money to purchase land where units would be later built and lived in his final years. And he was praised for transforming Progress Park from a dust bowl to a green open space today.

Other speakers at the cere-mony included fellow bowler Andrew Hay and Jo Guthrie from East Loddon Lions.

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