Man of the land fondly remembered
BORN in 1940, Kevin Webber, more affectionately known as "Ned", grew up in and around the township of Goondiwindi.
He later moved west with the Coupe family, and worked cutting timber and mustering cattle; he would often reminisce of the many happy times spent droving.
His family later moved to the coast and Ned went to live with the Haack family. Nessie Haack became Ned's carer for many years, followed by Joe who was not only Ned's carer for the last 15 years but also his very good friend.
They lived in and around the Gympie area, moving to Glastonbury in 2011.
Ned was a kind and gentle man whose real love was people.
He enjoyed nothing better than lending a helping hand, rallying round; and he had a wonderful affinity with animals, especially horses, spending many happy hours at Gympie and District Riding for the Disabled out at Long Flat where he was awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2012.
If Joe had difficulty catching a horse out in the paddock it was always Ned who went to retrieve it.
Once an avid rider, in his latter years he changed track and took up carriage driving. His skill with handling horses paid off and Ned become a champion carriage driver, winning many ribbons and trophies, and in 2009 he came second in the Queensland titles, a very proud moment in his life.
Ned, along with Joe and his partner Annie Brown, helped out with the Widgee and Districts Pony Club for some years, finally becoming a member in 2009. He looked forward to the nights when the pony club was on roster at the Bushman's Kitchen, always there to do his bit. He would take charge of the dishwasher; no one dared put anything down or leave utensils on the table when Ned was around as he'd quickly have them in the washer, clean, dry and back where they belonged.
He had impeccable manners and was always polite; and he loved to quiz people on their registration, checking their stickers and reminding them if it was soon due for payment.
Ned had been diagnosed with a tumour and in August last year he developed prostate cancer. Knowing he had limited time the roster at the Bushman's Kitchen was re-arranged for the pony club to work on the Friday night before Christmas. He was delighted to help out again.
Ned spent his remaining time at home with Joe and Annie until being admitted into hospital in early February. Ned died on Sunday, February 10, 2013. His cheerful grin, kindly nature and helpful attitude are his legacy.