Vale Maurice “Maurie” Bevan
Warragamba lost one of its long-term residents and original dam construction workers with the recent passing of Maurice “Maurie” Bevan.
Maurie began working with the Water Board in 1948 as a 23-year-old, after his discharge from the Army. He originally worked from the old township where he had various jobs including camp cook, before moving on to working at the timber mill. This was where he learnt to cut the timber to be used in the construction of the workers cottages and the community Town Hall.
Once construction of the dam was in full swing, he moved into construction jobs and controlled the “Flying Fox” which was used to deliver the concrete for the wall construction.
After marrying in 1950, he and his wife Phyllis moved into one of the new cottages which became his one and only home for the rest of his working life and retirement.
Maurie was very involved in community life in Warragamba. He was largely responsible for the establishment of the Ambulance Station and was recognised for his efforts with life membership of the NSW Ambulance Service.
He was a Board member of the Warragamba Workers Club from 1975-1989, the last 6 years as Vice President.
Maurie was also actively involved in politics at all 3 levels of government and at one time was asked to stand for both local and state government elections, however, he was not interested in pursuing such a career.
After 40 years of service with the Army and Water Board, he retired in 1985 which gave him more time to pursue his local interests, playing lawn bowls and travelling.
After his wife Phyllis passed away in 2009, his health gradually deteriorated until in September 2018 he was placed into a care facility on the Central Coast, close to his two younger sisters. This is where he passed away peacefully on 27th February 2019.
He is survived by his two sons, Ken (Orange) and Barry, who still lives in the original family home in Warragamba.