FRIENDS and family will farewell the community-minded Len Dodds today.
The 90-year-old died on Thursday.
The artist, woodworker, poet and volunteer was well known in Port Macquarie, where he twice was crowned Carnival of the Pines king.
Mr Dodds’ funeral will be held from 1pm today in the Innes Gardens Memorial Park chapel.
Cancer Council NSW community relations coordinator Ruth Gollan said Mr Dodds was a long-time supporter of Cancer Council Mid North Coast and a delight to work with. Starting off as Biggest Morning Tea host several years ago, he soon became the face of Daffodil Day at the annual Growers Market stall in Port Macquarie.
“Len’s devotion and generosity to the Cancer Council was a reflection of the kind, gentle nature he showed to all around him,” Ms Gollan said. “Most recently, and despite being unwell, Len was determined to publish his lifetime of verse, titled From Kero Lamps to Laptops, and insisting all proceeds go back to the Cancer Council.”
Ms Gollan said this beautiful compilation of a lifetime of experiences and thoughts was something that would be treasured by all who knew him.
Carnival of the Pines chairman David Mayne remembered Mr Dodds as a wonderful community member who was vibrant, full of life and young at heart.
“Nothing was too much trouble for him,” Mr Mayne said. “He was a lovely guy and the Port Macquarie community is going to really feel his passing.”
Mr Dodds was a member of the Hastings Woodworkers Guild for 11 years.
Hastings Woodworkers Guild president Kevin Carmody said Mr Dodds had a great knowledge of trees and plants and shared this knowledge with members.
“At 90 years of age, he was amazing and an inspiration to us all,” Mr Carmody said.
The guild made by Mr Dodds a life member on his 90th birthday.
Mr Dodds was a familiar face at The Co. Cafe, where he went every morning for the past six to seven years, had a coffee and volunteered.
The Co. Cafe owner Gloria Davis said Mr Dodds enjoyed being there and talking to the customers.
“I remember him as a beautiful person, a lovely man and a real gentleman,” she said. “He was just a superb person, someone you could learn a lot from.”