Town mourns death of a kind mate to all
A BOUQUET of yellow flowers sits where one of Warwick's most beloved icons tragically died Sunday night.
John "Jack" Alldridge, 75, passed away minutes after being struck by a four-wheel drive on Wood St. The beloved local, retired railway worker and Pig and Calf Sale regular lived a quiet life on Wantley St, but was a local legend according to school friend Joe Coorey.
"He was just a good, lovely man," he said.
"We went to school together at St Mary's, and I've known him my whole life. He was very kind to people, and good to his family.
"Nothing was too much for him; he'd always help people."
Mr Coorey lived metres from Mr Alldridge's Wantley St home, and said there was rarely a week that went by he didn't beep his horn and give his mate a wave.
"It was the other day Jack was walking down Wantley St," Mr Coorey recalled.
"I yelled out to him, but he was a bit deaf, so I beeped my horn and pulled over.
"I said, what are you doing, Jack? I figured he was going into town.
"He had a hat from Central State School he'd found, and was taking it to the school.
"I gave him a lift, but that's the kind of man he was: always helping."
Mr Alldridge worked on the Warwick rail and was a regular at the Wednesday Pig and Calf sale, where he regularly caught up with mate Jim Kelly.
"He was a good old bloke," Mr Kelly said.
"I've known him for a lot of years, just through being around the place.
"I don't think anybody will forget old Jack too soon.
"He was a town icon."
As well as being a father and hard worker, Mr Alldridge had a great love of rugby league.
Glyn Rees remembered sharing the sideline with the welcoming footy fan.
"My first meeting with John Alldridge came about due to my involvement with junior rugby league in Warwick some 25 years or more ago," he said.
"John certainly loved the game, and for me and my wife Wendy he was always friendly and approachable, something that was appreciated with my family and I when we were newcomers to town.
"I recall an Under 16 grand final at the Eastern Suburbs Oval back in 1993, and John's son Arnold scored a fine try down the eastern touch line that helped his side Collegians to victory in a low-scoring match.
"John's smile said it all that day; it actually said it all for many months after."
The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing to investigate the incident that claimed Mr Alldridge's life, with police saying the cause of the crash is still undetermined.