Remembrance for green thumb

ONE OF Lismore's leading gardening advocates has died at 95.

Green thumb Bob Ramsey's love for flowers and the land led him to become a regionally and nationally-renowned gardening enthusiast who started many of the Northern Rivers' gardening clubs.

But his love of all things green started with him growing passionfruit with his father in the Hogarth Range, near Mallanganee.

“He worked very hard as a teen,” daughter Colleen Hollands said.

“He was always interested in the land.

“When he and my mother married they had a passionfruit crop at Naughtons Gap.

“Then he moved to Lismore where a friend was growing chrysanthemums and he fell in love with flowers.

“He had beautiful gladioli. His favourite was named Moreen, after his wife, and he grew thousands of them.”

Mr Ramsey started the Lismore Floral Carnival and was a life member of the Lismore Home Garden and Education Club and the Garden Club of Australia (TGCA).

Moreen Ramsey, his wife of 68 years, was also a life member of the TGCA.

She died two years ago.

Using his knowledge as a gardening expert, Mr Ramsey became a gardening judge where he decided the winners of many regional gardening competitions before training others tobecome judges.

Last year, Mr Ramsey had a leg amputated after having an aneurism.

“The last year was such a challenge, but he dealt with it with such nobility and we were amazed,” Mrs Hollands said.

“We always said that he was the best father.

“He was very gentle and kind, and that was just him.”

After the amputation he moved to St Joseph's Nursing Home in Lismore, where he died.

“He died of a heart attack and he died quickly, which is what he would have wanted,” Mrs Hollands said.

Friends are invited to the funeral today at St Carthage's Cathedral in Lismore at 10am.

Mr Ramsey will be buried at Lismore Memorial Gardens Lawn Cemetery.



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