Rugby stalwart pays tribute to former Mayor Jim Webber
IN 1979 I was working for a business in East St, Rockhampton, when I was selected to play for Queensland Country on a 10-day rugby tour of NSW.
I was extremely excited when I rang my boss to tell him the good news and ask for the time off work.
You can imagine my shock and disappointment when he told me that they were too busy to let me have the time off and that if I did go on tour I would be sacked.
I decided to go on the rugby tour, and the boss proved true to his word: I was sacked.
Later that same year I gained employment at Webbers Discount House in East St.
The following year 1980 I was again selected to play for Qld Country and this time it was a two-week tour of New Zealand.
I told my boss, Jim Webber, of my selection and the tour dates.
His face lit up with a beaming smile and he shook my hand and congratulated me on my achievement.
H said that it would not be a problem.
He also hosted a going-away party for me, cake and all; he also advanced me four-weeks holiday pay that I was yet to be entitled to.
It was a stark contrast to my treatment the previous year.
I know first-hand that Jim is indeed a wonderful and generous man, and I wish the very best to Jim and his family at this difficult time. Get well soon.
Your former employee