Lismore’s lollipop man has passed on

SADLY MISSED: Lismore lollypop man, Doug Kelly, has died aged 79.
SADLY MISSED: Lismore lollypop man, Doug Kelly, has died aged 79.

MUCH-loved Lismore lollipop man, Doug Kelly has died.

Mr Kelly, who was 79, died at his home on Friday evening.

The well-known in Lismore lollipop man escorted generations of children across the pedestrian crossing between Trinity Catholic College and St Carthage's Primary School for the past 20 years.

Mr Kelly's sister Joan Holmes said her brother's job was "his life" and "it suited him down to the ground".

"Doug loved the communication with others and he felt that he was contributing to the community," Mrs Holmes said.

Mr Kelly and his two sisters Nola and Joan grew up in Cabramatta in south-western Sydney.

However, their father grew up in Lismore.

It was this connection that brought Mr Kelly to Lismore when he was 60 years old, after a successful career in the public service.

However Mr Kelly wasn't the retiring type and soon after he moved to Lismore he took up his position as the school children's favourite lollipop man.

Year Seven transition co-ordinator at Trinity Catholic College Sharyn Gill-Andrews has taught at Trinity for the duration of Mr Kelly's tenure as the lollipop man.

She said Mr Kelly was "so much more than simply the man in the middle of the road directing traffic".

Long-time friend of Mr Kelly, Terry Hore said he remembered his friend has "a very intelligent person".

The funeral will be private, however there will be a gathering at the Rous Hotel tomorrow at 5pm.



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