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Lenore overwhelmed with support after fatal fire

Patty Delandre (WCU), Jane and Leonore Brown and Nick Inmon (Daily News) after the community donations were passed on to the Brown Family. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News
Patty Delandre (WCU), Jane and Leonore Brown and Nick Inmon (Daily News) after the community donations were passed on to the Brown Family. Photo Gerard Walsh / Warwick Daily News Gerard Walsh

LEONORE Brown describes the support for her family in the past week as overwhelming and staggering after the tragic fire of Anzac Day.

"My view is that the support has been so great because Wilf was held in such high esteem. He was a guy who didn't want the accolades, he liked to be behind the scenes and wasn't up the front sprouting," she said.

Wilf lost his life in the fire and the tributes to a former State opening batsman and more recently ever-popular umpire have flowed since.

Mrs Brown said if Wilf was still here, she would be a bit stunned.

"He would be asking what everyone is on about stating we could look after ourselves as we still have a garage," she said.

Daughter Jane said her father was born in Warwick and never wanted to leave.

"It is so fitting he should be remembered in such a way with staggering support for Mum and me," she said.

Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz agreed with the sentiments of Mrs Brown in saying the support was because Wilf was held in such high esteem and people felt for his family in this time of need.

"The Warwick Credit Union is happy to set up the account for donations with the first $3000 already distributed to the family," he said.

An offer of rental accommodation was made through the Daily News and there have been great offers of furniture, electrical goods, clothing and household items.

Enough has been received to assist the family but cash donations still welcome to WCU, BSB 817001, Acc No. 63268.

The Daily News is seeking an offer to transport some furniture from Coolangatta.

Offers to Gerard Walsh on 46601313 who will also be in contact with all who offered heavy items as the family moves out of a motel.

Topics:  fire, thanks, wilf brown



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