Dennis Feaver is the 2013 Cooma Anzac of the year, described as a ‘star player’ for legacy and the Cooma-Monaro Sub Branch of the RSL.
Cooma-Monaro RSL sub branch president Peter MMahon said Mr Feaver was a worthy recipient of the yaward, when he made the announcement at the Cooma Anzac Day Service on Thursday.
He gave an account of Mr Feaver’s life, having grown up in the UK, and moving to Australia when he was 10 years old in 1959. The family travelled by boat to Adelaide and moved to Cooma when his father, Jack, had a work opportunity on the Snowy Schemve.
At 18-years-of age, Mr Feaver joined the Australian Navy. He wanted to be a helicopter pilot but colour blindness changed that plan. He trained as a radio operator in a career he followed on various ships and bases during six years, three months and some days in the service.
In the 70s he moved to Sydney and worked in a communications role iat IBM, where he worked for 25 years.
In 1982 he bought some land in Cooma. He transferred to the IBM office in Canberra and commuted daily from Cooma.
In 2000 he bought a taxi in Cooma nad became and owner driver in the Cooma Taxi co-op for five years.
After selling the taxi he became involved in the Cooma-Bombala Legacy Group.
He was described as a ‘star player’ for legacy and the Cooma Monaro sub branch of the RSL. At the RSL level he is said to have always been there when there is work to be done, setting up P.A systems for RSL events, selling poppies on Remembrance Day and badges during Anzac week.
As treasurer of Legacy he has given dedicated position in giving a monthly report on their finances.
He has been in charge of their fundraising program in September each year. This includes assisting a group of people to collect at various venues in Cooma as well as months of preparation leading up to the day.
He has been a liaison officer for six year, looking after the Ladies Laurel Club, which is a monthly meeting for our widows.
The aim of the award is to recognize outstanding contributions to the local community over an extended period up to and including 2012.
In this regard the judging panel is looking not only at the length and quantity of service, but also at the quality of the service including individual acts of compassion, generosity and bravery.