AS the blades came to rest for the weekend so did a man who has served the Monaro for the best part of 50 years. On Friday, June 27, Glen Williams brought to a close half a century of sheep shearing.
With his final sheep shorn at the 'Lakeview' property owned by Richard and Vickii Wallace of Dalgety, Glen was farewelled across the region. He finished up his shearing career which spanned 35 years with the Wallace family.
Vickii Wallace says Glen will be a much missed figure on the Monaro.
"Glen is the epitome of a quiet achiever who is so well respected by his employers and his work mates," Mrs Wallace said fondly.
"His work is second to none, there have been no nicks on our sheep."
His passion for shearing was ignited when he started working alongside his father during his teenage years.
The Crowe and McGufficke families were his first port of call, starting out a career which would carry him through for many, many years.
"Glen has always shorn stud rams and flock sheep with the same care and attention to detail, and amazingly with no swearing or grumbling about wet sheep," Mrs Wallace said.
It's his dedication and humility which has made Glen one of the most treasured figures in the area. His relationship with the Wallace family stretches far beyond that of a employer and employee.
The Wallace's held a special dinner for Glen at their 'Lakeview', Numbla Vale property on Sunday night.
"We also held a presentation at our shed at 'Lakeview' Numbla Vale on his last day [Friday, June 27] as we understand it."
"We should always consider the phrase 'never say never' and hope that in a pinch he might come out of retirement if we find ourselves in desperate need of an ace shearer.
"I know I speak for all those Glen has shorn for would fully vouch that he is a gentleman."