Warwick mechanic says farewell to dream job
FROM the first time Pat O'Dea played a round of golf, his dream was to get a job working on a golf course.
It took a little while, but eventually it happened.
"Not everyone lives their dream, but I got to do it,” Mr O'Dea said.
Having spent most of his life as a mechanic, after doing an apprenticeship with his father in Allora, Mr O'Dea had a health scare in about 2005, which forced him to stop work.
After a couple of years off to recuperate Mr O'Dea, a keen golfer himself, started to look around for work.
"I was really fortunate,” he said.
"Some of the Warwick Golf Club committee approached me just as I was starting to look around and asked if I'd take a look at some of the machinery in the shed.
"It was all in desperate need of a little care and attention and things just went from there.”
On Friday, Mr O'Dea retired after close to ten years working at the Warwick Golf Course as a turf equipment technician and grounds keeper.
A large group of club members and friends gathered for nine holes, a barbecue and a few drinks.
"A couple got up and gave some speeches as well, which was very much appreciated.”
Now, Mr O'Dea hopes he'll have a little more time for a few more relaxing rounds of golf.
"I used to play a bit when I started working there, but I'd always be noticing things that needed fixing or doing,” he said.
"It was a bit too much like being at work. So I stopped.
"But I don't have to worry about that any more.”
Mr O'Dea officially retired just before Easter and is enjoying his new-found freedoms.
"I especially like not having to get up at 20 past four in the morning,” he said.