Obit for someone who was involved - sort of off-topic as only died a few years ago but included in the interests of coverage.
We will always remember Carlohttp://portaugusta.yourguide.com.au/news/local/news/general/we-will-always-remember-carlo/415656.aspx?storypage=0
14/09/2005 1:56:27 PM
Born in Resana, Italy in 1932, Carlo Duregon came to Australia at the age of 18 years.
He was adventurous and always knew he would go somewhere.
His first choice was to go to America but the age to go there was 21, so he decided Australia would do. His family are forever grateful to him for that decision - otherwise Janice, Ann-Marie, Angela and Luisa and their husbands Ron, Michael and Mark and grandchildren Alexander, Charles, Katie, Eliza and baby Carl would never have known this wonderful person in their lives, so they feel they were truly blessed.
Carlo came from a big family of 10 - eight boys and two girls.
After Carlo came to Australia he was joined by his brothers Bruno, Lorenzo and Gianni and sister Elena.
So the family ended up with five in Italy and five in Australia.
Even after 55 years in Australia, Carlo still loved to go home to Italy (which he did a lot of times) and all his family there have great love for him.
Carlo first spent two years in Sydney doing various jobs. He also picked grapes and worked for the Railways. He then decided to join a film crew that was going across the middle of Australia making a film, but as things go this all went wrong and he came down through the centre and ended up in Port Augusta.
It was here that he met his lifelong partner Janice and they shared a wonderful 47 years together.
He also met at this time a man named Bruno Neumann, who called Carlo "Jimmy" and Carlo called Bruno "Max" and the two became very good friends for life.
Together they started contract work building houses for the Railways as far west and as far north as you could go.
These were very hard and harsh jobs, all pick and shovel work and no airconditioning in those days. Carlo could tell hundreds of stories about those days. When they hadn't eaten for a couple of weeks it was bad luck for any sheep or emus to get too close.
It is a wonder Carlo ever survived, as he was a real speed demon in his young days. Two of the great races he took part in were the Ampol Around Australia Rally and also the Cannonball Run.
Ask Lorry Manno about his trip to Adelaide. Carlo went to Adelaide in about 1¾ hours on the old Adelaide Road. No speed cameras in those days. So you can see why his family were so shocked when he became ill. They always thought he would die on the road.
Carlo was a most successful and wise businessman, both in the building industry doing big contracts and houses and also having car dealerships.
He was a highly respected man in the community of Port Augusta, and was a member of different clubs including Lions, Knights of the Southern Cross and Italian Club where he will be very missed (he cooked the best barbecue).
He was a workaholic and didn't like when it was a public holiday, he had to stay home!
Carlo went through his illness with such braveness and strength, he is to be admired and honoured - not once in nearly two years did he complain or ask "why me?"
Unlike Janice and family who asked a hundred times why this good man had to have this given to him. Carlo's answer to this was always "everyone gets to have a turn at this and this is my turn." Carlo's strong faith also helped him to cope through his illness.
Carlo had a very full and exciting life and still had much more planned to do but it was not to be.
Carlo's friends and family thank God for the life of this wonderful man.
Janice and all of Carlo's family sincerely thank everyone who attended his funeral to farewell him and asked them to think of him as being home with his God; his dear mother and father and family; and good friends that have gone before him.
Janice and all his family will miss him and love him forever but will see him in everything they do for "To the world he was but one, but to us he was our whole world." Rest peacefully dear Carlo.
Passions lead to success
Carlo Duregon always had a passion for fast cars and carpentry, leading him into two successful business ventures - car sales and building.
From a young age, Carlo learned carpentry skills helping his father with the family's cabinet making and joining business in Italy, which paved the way for Carlo's career and interest in building.
At the age of 19, after reading an advertisement in the paper seeking men to work in Australia, Carlo applied for a position.
After more than two years in Australia, Carlo decided to join an expedition travelling across the Simpson Desert, which brought him closer to Port Augusta.
Carlo began working in Leigh Creek doing maintenance and carpentry work for ETSA, and four weeks later was employed by Bruno Neumann, building cottages for the railways in the Leigh Creek district.
Bruno then offered him a partnership position and they worked together for five years, building railway cottages between Port Augusta and Alice Springs.
When work with the railways became quiet, the business partnership dissolved, leading Carlo to Port Augusta where he began contract jobs around the region.
Carlo worked very hard and there are many landmarks around the region which showcase his building talents.
He built Whyalla's Alexander Motor Inn, Port Pirie's Commonwealth Bank building and Port Lincoln's telephone exchange building.
Carlo also worked in Woomera, building the airport and 200 workers' huts, which later became the Woomera Detention Centre.
He also won a contract to build more than 1000 Housing Trust homes in South Australia's regional cities and always enjoyed the travel associated with this work.
Eventually this work began to slow down, and Carlo decided that if he wanted to stay busy, he would have to engage himself in other activities - he chose the car business.
In 1971, Carlo decided to venture into a Chrysler car dealership, buying Eric Mortlock's business located on Tassie Street, and C. D. Motors was created.
Carlo found selling cars very challenging, and could say with pride that, as a cadet, he sold his first car to Mrs Baluch.
C. D. Motors then moved to its current location on Caroona Road and Carlo also bought the crash repair shop across the road although it was sold four years later.
As well as the car business, Carlo continued building and his work had become so well known that he didn't need to advertise.
Carlo doubted that his car business would have survived if he didn't have the two businesses to support one another.
But survive it did, and Carlo expanded the car business, with C. D. Nissan built on Eyre Highway.
Carlo always liked fast cars and in 1970 he took part in the Ampol 21,000km car race, with 100 other competitors.
He raced a brand new Holden Monaro GTS and went three days with no sleep during the race, finishing in around about 16th place.
Then, in 1994, Carlo competed in the four-day Cannonball Run from Darwin to Alice Springs and back.
Carlo tried to retire once, but found he got too bored.
"I would sit down to watch TV and fall asleep," he once said.
"You lie down asleep and the TV watches you," he then joked.
Carlo made the decision to come out of retirement and go back to C. D. Motors and eventually back to building.
And although Carlo worked from dawn to dusk, he still found time to be a member of the Port Augusta Italian Club and Lions Club.
Carlo and his wife Jan raised their three daughters in Port Augusta and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren in later years.
"Willing worker" leaves mark
Carlo Duregon's close friend Tony Kroes described him at a "willing worker who was always generous with his time."
Tony is the president of the Knights of the Southern Cross - a group of which Carlo was a member for 36 years.
Tony said that Carlo was always generous with his time and machinery for any project that the Knights were undertaking.
Carlo played a major role in converting the Commonwealth Railways laundry into a parish hall, donating his expertise, workers and materials free of charge during this time.
"Carlo was always the first one to put his hand in his pocket for any appeal," said Tony, who listed examples including the recent Boxing Day tsunami and Eyre Peninsula bushfire appeals, and the Knights' ongoing palliative care project.
Tony described Carlo as a valuable member of the Knights, who attended meetings regularly and was a member of the executive at the time of his death.
"He will be sorely missed by our club," said Tony.
Lions Club of Port Augusta president, Fay Phillis, echoed Tony's sentiments, saying that Carlo would be remembered for his "friendship, generosity and very dry wit."
Carlo was a member of Lions for 30 years after being introduced to the club in May 1975 by his close friend, the late Tony Annessi.
"He's always been a valued member of the club and has been, not only to us but also to other people, quite a generous person," said Fay.
While a member of Lions, Carlo attended club conventions interstate and overseas, and Fay said that he would be very sorely missed by the club.