Laurie Brown was 13 months old when his family moved to Park Ridge in 1930 and he lived on the same property until health issues forced he and his wife, Beryl, to move into aged care last year.
Known for his hard work, generous heart and big smile, Laurie grew up on the southern slope of the Mount Lindesay Hwy between Talinga Dv and Hillcrest Rd – none of which existed when he was a boy.
He worked in various timber related industries including Timber Getting, Carpentry and Picture Framing. He says his life took a major turn for the better when a friend invited him to a Billy Graham crusade in the 1950s. He responded to Graham’s invitation for people to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and be ‘born again’.
The decision transformed his outlook on life and set him on a life-long course of service towards others and giving to the community around him. He is known for his words of encouragement and support to any he meets but he rarely lets it stop at words. He has donated hist time, energy, skills and resources to various community groups and done the same for local families and individuals.
Laurie has been a constant source of encouragement to many and we celebrate his marvellous milestone today with a cheer for a life well lived.