Barry to retire on Sunshine Coast
AFTER a quarter of a century serving the Warwick community Barry Walters has hung up his hat.
Mr Walters has been the face of Warwick Funerals since 1985 and spent a 36 years in the industry.
Friends and family turned out to Rupert's Bar and Grill this week to send the couple off.
Mr Walters touched the lives of many locals through his work as Warwick Funerals branch manager.
He and wife Karen are headed for a warmer coastal climate, settling in Buderim on the Sunshine Coast.
Mrs Walters said she would miss the city where they had spent the last 25 years and where their youngest daughter had spent all of her life but after a frosty morning, she wasn't sure they would miss the cold.
“We were staying in the campervan last night and when we woke up this morning and went to put the air-conditioning on for heating, it was frozen solid,” she said.
“But it is sad to leave the town, and all of the people here.”
Stephen Wilson, who has been with Warwick Funerals for the last eight years and stepped into Mr Walters' position as branch manager had nothing but praise for Mr Walters and said he had big shoes to fill.
“I think more than anything he has been the face of Warwick Funerals for over 25 years,” Mr Wilson said.
“The locals certainly associated the business with him.”
He said Mr Walters would be missed by the staff, but even more so he would be missed by the people of Warwick.
“He is certainly going to be missed by the Warwick community and all of the families he has served over the last 25 years,” Mr Wilson said.
“He certainly put in the effort with those families and he always went above and beyond the expectations of all of those people.
“We are still getting people ringing up and asking for Barry.”