John Avery loved classical music and shared this love with U3A members who attended his Music Appreciation class. These photos were taken with class members, who had a tradition of sharing Frieda's Christmas cake with a class of select wine!
U3A Benalla member Judith Borthwick worked with John Avery at Dookie Agricultural College for many years and later edited the U3A Benalla Newsletter during much of John’s incumbency as U3A Benalla’s President. Judith searched the old newsletter files on her computer for a photo and article she remembered being sent to the Ensign at the time of John receiving his Life Membership award in 2012. She was delighted to find them and be able to share them in this newsletter. As Judith commented, John’s excitement and pleasure in receiving the award is clearly evident in the photograph.
“At U3A’s annual Christmas function held at Whitfield on 28th November (2012), a delighted and surprised John Avery was presented with a Life Membership Award and an Outstanding Service Certificate for his outstanding service in fostering the aims and objectives of U3A in Benalla Rural City.
In congratulating John, President Geraldine McCorkell stated that this award is not given lightly, John is the first person to receive such an award in the club’s 20-year existence, and it is well deserved.
John was president of U3A Benalla for seven years and it is due his tireless efforts that the club has grown and is in a sound financial position. John still continues to be a member of the U3A executive and serves on several committees.”
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It is with sadness that we inform U3A Benalla members of the death of esteemed Life Member John Avery.
John passed away in Cooinda on Wednesday 28 April.
John’s funeral will be on Wednesday 5th May, 11.30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Arundel Street.
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