Doll and Nell managed to summon help. Telephones were not common in every house in Australia in 1962. Albert had one for his business, but no other family members had a telephone until later in the 60s. News of a death was delivered by the police going to the homes of next of kin and passing on the news.
Albert arranged the funeral and cremation at Woronora Cemetery. Sylvia and Grace's children were deemed too young to attend a funeral and were not allowed to go. Irene and Ray went.
Sylvia was rocked by her father's death and took some time to come to terms with it.
In his lifetime he had done his best with the hand dealt to him, worked hard, served his country, reached out to new things, seized the opportunities that came along and provided for his family no matter what. Although he placed no importance on education, he was enterprising and prepared to take risks. He built a better future for his descendants.
Fred lived another three years, but on 24th September 1965, he too died of a heart attack. He was 64.
Syd visited Australia and New Zealand later in the 1960s and died of a heart attack in 1972, aged 76.
|May, Fred, four grandchildren, Barbara and Ian c. 1981|