Barry gives work the chop after 46 years
By Rachel Afflick
BARRY FIEDLER yesterday clocked off work for the last time after 46 years with the Booyong meatworks. The 64-year old has retired from the job he started as a teenager and is looking forward to relaxing, spending more time with family and sleeping in. "It means not having to get up and tear off to work at 6 o'clock in the morning," Barry said. "There'll be no alarm clock now." At 17, Barry secured work with Booyong's butchery, delivering meat to farms in the area. It was owned by Robert and Denise Morrow, who went on to establish the Booyong Meatworks Over the years, Barry rose through the ranks of the business. He worked on the slaughter floor and loading gang, and eventually became foreman of the slaughter floor and foreman of outdoor staff. "The best times I had were when I first started delivering meat to all the farms in the district, from Binna Burra to Alstonville," Barry said. "I met a lot of people and made a lot of friends. You were always welcomed into their homes." Despite retiring, Barry plans to stay busy with a little help from his family. "My wife has a list and the daughter-in-law has a list. There's a few lists about," he said.