The Portland community was saddened at the recent passing of one of its most respected citizens and business owner Harold Eves, after a lengthy illness.
Harold was born at Portland on July 10, 1951, where he spent all his childhood and a major part of his adult life, attending Portland Central School.
Upon leaving school he followed in the footsteps of his dad becoming a butcher at Tom Nugent's Butcher Shop in Portland, he followed up with a stint at Bathurst, before joining forces with his dad once again, with the renowned Eves Butchery Portland, which operated for a total of 35 years, his dear sister Shirley also assisted and following the passing of his dad he continued the business and was also joined by son Craig.
Following the sale of the business Harold continued butchering in Bathurst until his retirement.
Harold resided in Bathurst with his dear wife Kerry and raising the family.
Harold was a keen sportsman and enjoyed most sports, playing rugby league with the Portland Colts, he was an avid Manly Sea Eagles supporter.
In business Harold was always ever ready to assist organisations and followed community affairs with great interest, he was always pleasant, run a very efficient business, would go out of his way to assist people and his support certainly went beyond the call of duty on many occasions. He was certainly dedicated to the task, travelling from his home in Bathurst to Portland on a daily basis.
He was well respected by all those who had the pleasure of being associated with him. Sadly illness restricted his retirement, but he was never one to complain and continued on with life enjoying activities surrounded by his loving family. Above all Harold's many fine attributes was his dedication, care and love for his family.
He is survived by his dear wife Kerry, a much loved father and father-in-law of Mandy and Alan, Craig and Cindy, Christopher and Susan, Mark and Alison, a much loved Poppy of Jessica, Brittany, Jake, Hudson, Gracie, Harrison, Georgie, Jordan, Corbin, Ruben, Hallie and Mason.
He was a dear son of Merle and Roy (deceased) and a loved brother and brother-in-law of Elaine and Barry, Shirley and John (Deceased), beloved son-in-law of Roy (deceased) and Hazel Tilley and a fond uncle.
Harold leaves an indelible mark and will be long remembered.
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