Vince Guinea was a man of integrity, wisdom and determination, and he disliked gambling on horses.
Vince Guinea was a man of integrity, wisdom and determination, and he disliked gambling on horses. Contributed

Man endured school of hard knocks

SLADE Point resident Vince Guinea left school at a young age to help support his family during hard times but that did not stop him from educating himself and becoming a very learned man.

Mr Guinea became a well known letter to the editor writer and he had his opinions published in the Daily Mercury, The Courier-Mail, The Australian and the major publications.

Mr Guinea was farewelled by his family and friends at a requiem Mass at the St Joseph's Catholic Church at North Mackay late last week. He was 88.

He was born in Murwillumbah in 1924 and he had very little education, having left school to help his mother out on a dairy farm at a very young age.

He met and married Ethel Donnelly, and they had six children, all of whom attended the funeral service.

Mr Guinea grew bananas on the hillsides down near Murwillumbah and was wiped out by hail three years in a row - so he went hand-cutting cane around the Clarence River.

He was in the top gang for three years running.

The family left for Bundaberg where he had a tobacco farm at Calavose until the Depression wiped him out.

He took up contract timber cutting down in Nanango before getting back on the cane knife.

After a number of years the family moved to Mackay where he was a successful cane harvester owner/operator contracting around different farms.

He moved to Tully and had a banana plantation, worked a number of years in the local sugar mill before moving back to Mackay where he finished his working life in the construction game out in the hinterland.

Mr Guinea was a man of great wisdom and determination.

Although he didn't have the opportunity to get a formal education he made it his life's work to become highly literate.

He read many books and articulated his thoughts in letters to the newspapers.

He was very proud of his letter writing abilities and used to photocopy them and send them out to various people.

Mr Guinea was a man of great wisdom and determination.



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