Times Gone By: Sudden death of man shocks colleagues

July 30

1971: The recent death of well-known Gladstone identity, Mr Frank Peardon, has shocked his colleagues in work and recreation.

Mr Peardon, who was an accountant, died suddenly at his Auckland St home.

He was employed with Friends department store for more than 40 years.

Mr Gordon Friend said he felt a deep personal loss over Mr Peardon's death.

"He was assistant manager for many years and was to retire later this year. The loss caused by his absence will be consider-able. He virtually gave his lifetime to the firm."

Mr Peardon attended Toowoomba Grammar School before starting his career.

He was secretary of the Gladstone and District Patriotic Fund for about 30 years, without being paid, and did a remarkable job.

He was a member of the Gladstone RSL since the club first formed in 1932.

Gladstone State High School student Helen Clarke has returned from a year in the state of Maine, USA.

She reports that she was shocked by the prevalence of soft and hard drug-taking among American children.

She said the high school in Camden had about 75% of students on drugs, with Grade 8 and 9 students enthusiastic pushers.

Miss Clarke, the daughter of Gladstone State High School principal Mr P Clarke and Mrs Clarke, has her eye on an arts degree and a career in journalism.

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