A life of love, laughter and service

FAREWELL: Well known Berry community member Athol Agar’s funeral was held at the Berry Uniting Church on Wednesday.BERRY lost part of its social fabric with the death last week of long-time resident and key community member Athol Agar.The former dairy farmer and all-round sportsman passed away at the age of 91, and was farewelled by a large crowd during a moving service at the Berry Uniting Church on Wednesday.The crowd not only filled the church but also spilled into a Sunday school hall Mr Agar had officially opened 46 years earlier as the church’s Sunday school superintendent.Mr Agar grew up at Far Meadow, and when he married he moved only 80 metres to the new home he shared with his wife of more than 60 years, Iris.The youngest of six children, Mr Agar grew up on the family farm in Agars Lane enjoying a life far removed from modern conveniences.One of his favourite hobbies as a child was filling his pockets with rocks and using them as weapons while chasing rabbits on the farm.Another was throwing a ball over a large gum tree and running under it in time to catch the ball before it landed on the other side.Mr Agar left school at age 14 and together with his father Edward hand milked 30 cows daily for 10 years before milking machines were installed.The machines were driven by a petrol engine until electricity was connected in 1948.Draught horses were used to do the farm work until the first tractor, a Ferguson TEA20, was bought in 1950.While Mr Agar got no pocket money for working on the farm he was given land on which he grew vegetables, which were sent to the Sydney markets for sale.He saved the money he earned to buy the family’s first radio in 1939.Holidays were spent at Shoalhaven Heads, and the family was on Seven Mile Beach to see pilot Sir Charles Kingsford Smith take off for his famous flight to New Zealand.Even in his advancing years, Mr Agar recalled running along behind the Southern Cross as it taxied along the beach and took off.Mr Agar met his wife Iris while they were both group leaders at a youth camp, and they married in 1951.Mr Agar was devoted to his family including his three children Colin, Robyn and Neil.For much of his life he was heavily involved in cricket, and for many years held the record for scoring the most centuries for Berry Cricket Club.While he enjoyed good health for much of his life, in recent weeks he had heart troubles which ultimately ended a life of love, laughter andservice.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.