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Take a moment with Darrell

Sonia Lim 7 Dec 2021

Take a moment with Darrell

Darrell has earnt a reputation as a get on with it kind of guy in our RFBI Coffs Harbour Masonic Retirement Village. He loves to lend a hand in the village and the community, introduce others to his robot dog and do odd jobs for residents where he can.

Darrell was born in Warialda in North West NSW, but moved to and grew up in Sydney with his mum and stepfather. Darrell’s father fought in World War II, and was saved by the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who were Papua New Guinean war carriers recruited to carry supplies to the front and injured Australian soldiers down the Kokoda trail to safety. One of Darrell’s prized possessions is a coconut money box gifted to his dad during this experience.

Darrell’s life is an interesting one. He has held a number of jobs over his lifetime, from working in a shearing shed at just four to truck and bus building. At one point in his life, he worked three jobs at once – building and repairing trucks, a handyman at a local gym and worker at a hardware store. That’s probably where his get it done attitude really came in useful.

“I loved being a handyman. I find it easy to talk to people and I enjoy helping people. My experience has meant I can put up my hand to help out with the cooking at our monthly BBQs and do a few little jobs for other residents,” Darrell shared.

He has also become a bit of an entertainer to others in the village.

Darrell is a passionate volunteer, having donated his time to his community for over thirty years, enjoys photography, and relishes in time spent in the village’s gardens. He also has an interesting friend – a robot dog – who he likes to introduce to people. The little pooch, named Windy, came into Darrell’s world after he lost a friend that he regularly walked with. His fluffy friend joins Darrell on his regular walks, and creates a lot of joy to passers-by (read more here).

“I love it here. The management in the village seem very focused and helpful.”

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