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Charlie Jarvis farewelled

MOURNERS at a Tweed Heads funeral for former shire president Charles Henry Jarvis MBE, were told yesterday about his financial nous and hard-work ethic.

Mr Jarvis passed away on Sunday at his Coolangatta nursing home aged 94.

His family and friends paid tribute to their father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Born on September 29, 1914, “Charlie” was the second son of Arthur and Margaret, with an older brother Jack and sister Louise.

Mourners were told how he left Crystal Creek as a 16-year-old to work at a dairy farm for two pounds an hour. Charlie's daughter Helen Mcenearney said he returned with 52 pounds and bought eight acres of land at Nobbys Creek where he grew bananas.

He later increased his holding by buying land at Crystal Creek and Stokers Siding.

Charlie loved banana exhibitions and regularly attended the Royal shows in Brisbane and Sydney as well as the Murwillumbah Agricultural Show.

He was heavily involved in the Banana Growers Federation (BGF) and established and was director of the BGF Credit Union.

In 1942, during World War II, Charlie joined the Australian Army as a volunteer and was called upon to look after an Italian prisoner of war at his farm.

He was also a bushfire control officer for 24 years.

He became involved in property development when he bought land on Flagstaff hill and also built the first motel in Murwillumbah.

Mrs Mcenearney told the congregation Charlie and his wife Beryl loved ballroom dancing and tennis.

Beryl passed away in 1971.

In 1954 Charlie was convinced by friends to run as a Tweed Shire councillor. He was elected and stayed until 1977, including two years as shire president from 1973. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his service to the council.

Mrs Mcenearney said her father achieved much in his life and lived by one motto: “What I could do for others”.

Son Robert said if anyone had known his pop, they knew he would have told them not to lose a day's wages by coming to his funeral.

A piece of advice he always gave his son was: “Robert, you look after cents and the dollars will look after themselves”.

Former shire clerk Ron Spence knew Charlie for 40 years.

“He had a very astute, analytical mind when dealing with finances,” Mr Spence said. “At all times I found Charles Jarvis to be a pleasant and competent member of council.”

During Charlie's time as councillor and president, the shire's economy progressed from being rurally based to the beginnings of its current multi-faceted economy.

Among the major projects he saw during his time as a councillor were: the Tweed District water scheme, the development of Greenbank and the construction of sewerage services in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and Kingscliff.

Charlie Jarvis is survived by a son and daughter, nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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