Man's legacy lives on after gift
A GOOD Samaritan answered Warwick woman Jan Newman’s call for help to continue her late husband’s legacy of maintaining the southern entrance to Warwick.
Mrs Newman did not know the identity of the “kind soul” who gave her a gift to help her continue her dead husband’s community service.
In an article in the Daily News earlier this month, Mrs Newman’s desire to continue the tireless work of her husband Stan “the Mower Man” who died in August was brought to the public’s attention.
Now on a single pension the 67-year-old woman was concerned she would not be able to afford the petrol and equipment needed to maintain the grass strips bordering the New England Highway.
However, she returned home last Tuesday to discover a 10-litre fuel can outside her gate.
Mrs Newman said something was written on the container but with the wet weather the writing had washed off.
“Whoever it was, they deserve some public recognition,” she told the Daily News.
“I noticed it on Tuesday, but I’m not sure if it had been sitting there longer.
“It was a really nice surprise and I want to thank whoever it was very, very much.”
For years Mr Newman spent hours a day going up and down the New England Highway with his push lawnmower.
Mrs Newman said she would do all she could to continue his work, but traded in the push mower for a tractor mower.
She is now asking members of the public and community groups to assist her in any way they can.
Do you think you can help in any way with labour, fuel or equipment, or did you leave the fuel can? Phone 4660 1317 or email email@example.com.