Jon Avila, of Lismore Heights, with his mother Liora Claff and father Ian Avila, both of Lismore, and sister Anasuya Claff, of Goonellabah.
Jon Avila, of Lismore Heights, with his mother Liora Claff and father Ian Avila, both of Lismore, and sister Anasuya Claff, of Goonellabah.

Student does grandfather proud

YESTERDAY’s graduation for SCU law student Jon Avila was a timely reminder of the value his grandfather placed on higher education.

Mr Avila, 23, wore his graduation robes yesterday to celebrate the conclusion of a four-year law degree, and intends to focus on humanitarian law.

His grandfather, Edward Claff, would have celebrated his 100th birthday yesterday had he been alive.

Born in Manchester, England, Mr Claff spent his last years at Clunes.

Mr Claff, a primary school teacher, believed strongly in higher education and doing good work for the community. His son Jack, Jon’s uncle, followed in his father’s footsteps taking up teaching as a profession.

“I made a lot of new friends here,” Mr Avila said of his student days. “The lectures here are in very small groups, so there is an excellent face-to-face learning environment.”



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