Olly was revered citizen

OLLY JANE, OAM, a revered citizen.

OLLY JANE, OAM, a revered citizen.

OLLY Jane, OAM was one of the Kerang district's most revered citizens.

He was Gannawarra Shire Council's first elected mayor, a long-serving Rotarian and gave more than three decades of service to Scouting.

Mr Jane died at home on Tuesday. He was 86.

He has been described as a true icon of this community.

He was a learned historian and generously and willingly imparted his knowledge about the history of his town and district.

The father of four children, 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren was also renowned for his commitment to the agricultural sector.

His outlook on life was simplistic yet motivating. He told this newspaper on the occasion of his 80th birthday: "If there is something to do, you've got to do it. If you see something, get involved in it."

The Medal for the Order of Australian recipient was born and raised at Kerang and has devoted himself to his community throughout his life.

Mr Jane said a number of years ago that his community emphasis was formed during his time with

the Scouts, where he was a youth member for three years then a leader for the next three decades.

"I was a part of the Scouts for a long time, and I decided I needed to do something else," he said.

A growing passion for community service led to Mr Jane contributing to the Rotary Club of Kerang for 30 years. 

His service was varied, included helping organise New Year's Eve festivities and working on the

lake area at Atkinson Park and serving Rotary International during six overseas to assist with aid

program in places like Papua New Guinea and the Samoan islands.

Mr Jane was president in 1984-1985 and was granted a Paul Harris Fellowship, named after the foun der of Rotary International, for his committed service.

The last 23 years have been spent working with the Kerang Historical Society to preserve the district's past for future residents.

Mr Jane also spent a period of time on the Kerang District Health board, but he retired as he was "involved in too many things".

A commitment to the community also led to Mr Jane representing residents a civic level.

He was one of the first democratically-elected Gannawarra shire councillors, and the municipality's first mayor following the amalgamation of the shire of Cohuna and Kerang and the Borough of Kerang.

The former dairy farmer, also had representative roles in the agricultural sector.

He served the United Dairyfarmers of Victoria, spent 17 years on the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission board and was a member of the West Loddon Irrigators League.

He is mourned by his wife, Pat, children Beth, Lyn, Gwenda and Ken and their families. 

There will be a graveside service at the Kerang Cemetery at 1.30pm on Tuesday and a memorial service will follow at 2.30pm at the funeral premises of A.G. Adams and Sons.

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