NOEL Greene’s legacy will live on through his construction skills, community generosity and meticulous detail.
The former building contractor and Warrnambool City councillor packed a host of achievements into his 74 years.
Born in Koroit, he was raised in Killarney and Warrnambool, where he was educated and gained an apprenticeship as a carpenter/joiner. Later, a stint selling tractors led to an opportunity to become a builder.
His skill and work ethic led to a reputation as one of the most knowledgeable builders in Warrnambool.
His first community project was to help build the presbytery and church when Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic parish was established in east Warrnambool.
Hundreds of mourners farewelled him earlier this month in the same church complex he gave hundreds of hours helping to construct.
He also supervised the multi-million-dollar performing arts and sports centre at Brauer College and its sports complex.
A tree-lined road to the college arts centre bears the name Noel Greene Drive.
Rotary House was another community project with the Greene stamp.
He also left his mark on the city council as an enthusiastic supporter for construction of the water treatment plant and sewage treatment works.
During his five years on the Lyndoch board he oversaw an expansion of residential facilities.
His building advice was sought for projects at St John of God Hospital, Lifeline and CBC school complex.
Sadly, he didn’t live to fulfil a commitment to supervise extensions at the RSL clubrooms.
He had a reputation for being meticulously tidy and punctual, with apprentices and subcontractors always required to be on time at start and finish of shifts.
During his funeral service a humorous story was told in which his doctor told him: “You’ll have to have patience, Noel”.
To which Noel replied: “Does that come in a bottle, doctor?”
Apart from his devotion to his wife Gwenie, six children and their families, his next love was golf, to which he was introduced by the late east Warrnambool parish priest Father Downes.
He also followed St Kilda, appreciated fine cars and bred birds.
His spare time and retirement years were spent on Rotary projects, visiting, caring and doing handyman jobs for senior citizens and others with needs.