Ballina icon John Savage OAM died at Ballina Hospital on Sunday. His funeral will be held on Friday.
Ballina icon John Savage OAM died at Ballina Hospital on Sunday. His funeral will be held on Friday. contributed

Popular ex Ballina teacher, sportsman John Savage dies

BALLINA has lost a community stalwart following the death of John Savage OAM at Ballina Hospital on Sunday.

Mr Savage was born at Ballina on April 7, 1932, and educated at St Francis Xavier Convent School, Ballina, and St Johns College Woodlawn in Lismore.

When he was 17, after doing a Teachers College Course at Armidale, Mr Savage was appointed as teacher in charge of Thumb Creek School, before he transferred to Ballina High in 1953.

In 1959 he married the love of his life, Lida, and they had two children, Tony and Kellie.

Mr Savage was sportsmaster and a PE teacher at Ballina High for 34 years until his early retirement in 1989, when he entered the field of real estate for six years.

The former Ballina Shire councillor, surf life saving instructor and life member of Ballina Jockey Club was also a torch bearer, running through Ballina for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

In 2005, Mr Savage received an Order of Australia medal for his service to sport, particularly for school children, and to the wider community of Ballina.

"I am extremely proud and honoured that I would be considered for the award and I accept it with pride," Mr Savage said at the time.

Mr Savage's will be celebrated on Friday at the Parkview Funeral Home in Kalinga St, Ballina, at 10.30am.



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