Financial force dies

A PROMINENT figure in Queensland's second-tier financial sector, former Gympie accountant, John Fell, died in Noosa yesterday.

Mr Fell, 62, died at his home having contracted bladder cancer some six years ago.

Until 2010, he was a director of Wide Bay Australia, the country's fourth-largest building society based in Bundaberg.

For more than 25 years, Mr Fell was closely involved in the second-tier financial sector's growth, having been managing director of Gympie and North Coast Permanent Building Society.

When it merged with Wide Bay Capricornia in 1981, Mr Fell was appointed to its board where he oversaw mergers, the ASX listing in 1994 and growth of Wide Bay's products.

Mr Fell was born in Townsville on September 15, 1949.

He joined an accountancy practice in Brisbane in 1974, moving to Gympie in 1976, forming Saunders Fell McGarry Accounts in 1978 where his responsibilities included the Gympie and North Coast Permanent Building Society.

He was president of Gympie-Cooloola Rotary and later president of Gympie Rotary. He was also president of the Gympie High School P&C in the early 1990s.

After moving to Noosa, he continued with Rotary and was president of the Noosa Longweekend Festival.

Mr Fell is survived by his wife Claire, children Matthew Fell, Liz Williamson, Kate Fell and Khylie Wood and six grandchildren.

Gympie Times


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