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Coln Raymond Pearce
05.08.1937  -   09.01.2003
by Cameron Outridge

Coln Raymond Pearce was born in Townsville on August 5, 1937, the first child of Jack and Edna Pearce and big brother to Janice, Betty and Jeni.  Coln grew up in the war years and told many tales of life with planes, bombs, searchlights, air-raid sirens and Yanks with chocolates and marbles.   He loved to roam the salt pans near his home and even went night swimming in the Ross River, never thinking of crocodiles and sharks.

Coln began playing at an early age in the Salvation Army and the Military Band where Coln made many life-long friends and had many happy times. The Military required Coln’s services in April 1956. He always said every 18 year old should do National Service as it built character. He made many friends at Wacol and some remain so to this day. Coln belonged to the National Servicemen’s Association.  Coln worked for 39 years in the Railway Department as a clerk finishing his career as office manager. He met Necia while working in the Townsville office. Each morning, after parking his bike, he would pick a fresh frangipani and present it to Necia, a perfumed way to her heart.  Coln and Necia were married on December 20, 1958. Three boys were born,  Stephen in 1960, Robert (now deceased) in 1962 and Andrew John in 1964. Coln loved his music.

He joined the 31st Regiment Band in Townsville after Wacol and when they disbanded, spent 2 years with the Air Training Crops Band. He would go anywhere to play music.  The Railway Department transferred Coln to Brisbane in December 1972. He returned to the Military Band and went to practice every night at Enoggera.   This meant many hours of travelling after he and Necia moved to Maleny in 1988.

He had always wanted to retire to Malanda on the Atherton tablelands but found his little bit of heaven in Maleny.  He never ceased to marvel at the beauty of God’s creation.  Coln loved his life in Maleny and after retiring spent many hours serving the community in Meals on Wheels, RSL, Ambulance, the Community Centre and Senior Citizens Club, of which he was twice President. He never tired of working for the Salvation Army and every year he collected for the Red Shield in May. 

Coln loved his eight grandchildren very much.Somewhere in God’s vast plan Coln had completed his work on this earth and was called home on January 9.

For those left behind there is a hole that will never be filled. He cared for his family and his friends and will always be remembered for his kindness and thoughtfulness.

Farewell Coln Raymond Pearce. Go with God.   Santa, your friends miss you.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.