Fatchen Maxwell Edgar (Max) AM
|Type of person||Individual|
|Date of birth|| 1920
|Date of death||2012|
|Place of decease||Gawler Health Service|
Gawler mourns the passing of Max Fatchen.
Max Fatchen’s long-standing and enduring love of Gawler shines out so well from his writing of pages 163, 164 and 165 within Derek Whitelock’s book “Gawler”, and these pages are attached with the approval of the Town of Gawler.
Elsie and Baden Wehr – a salute on the Diamond Jubilee of their marriage.
by Max Fatchen Now comes the moment when I’m proud That we’ve assembled here A joyful and respectful crowd To praise the family Wehr.
Young Baden first saw light, we learn, While causing such euphoria And gave distinction to that town His birthplace, Port Victoria.
To Jamestown, later he progressed, A youngster, keen on life And there he met (No doubt you’ve guessed). Elsie, his future wife.
Now she, a pianist highly skilled, The arts had much improved She played for silent movies there, With Baden deeply moved. They both loved bowls, or so they tell, On emerald lawns like clover And when they saw each other, well, They were I guess, bowled over.
And then a partnership began Upon life’s bumpy green Their children came, we’ve heard, in pairs, Upon this family scene.
Tall Baden healed the ailing car That was each drive’s darling He brought the wrecks from near and far To Quarton, Wehr and Starling.
Port Vincent knew his fishing skill, While fish fled in dismay So many would his basket fill, So few had got away.
While Elsie was an organist, With talent and with style She played the hymns with supple wrist And brides along the aisle.
We’re glad their friendship came our way, For friends each person strives We thank them on this splendid day For such unselfish lives.
We hail their Diamond wedding now Throughout this grateful town, Two shining gems of humankind, To wear in Gawler’s crown.
So fill your glasses, rise with me, Good fortune be their host… For Elsie….Baden’s jubilee, We drink their honoured toast.
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Please Click Here to read Max Fatchen's tribute to Taylor and Forgie.
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