The Whittlesea community is mourning the loss of Keith ‘Digger’ Hall, who died on May 26, leaving behind a large group friends and an appreciative supporters.
Digger grew up as part of a big family in Eden Park, and played football for Whittlesea Football Club for many years, according to fellow Whittlesea Agricultural Society member Roger Hurry.
Mr Hurry said Digger was well-known throughout the community because of his hard-working attitude and his commitment to the maintenance of the Whittlesea Showgrounds.
“As life moved on, he moved from Eden Park and lived in Whittlesea. He was a very hard worker, very conscientious and dedicated his whole life to looking after the footy club and showgrounds,” Mr Hurry said.
“I appreciated all the work he did, and I volunteered too. Whenever I arrived at the grounds he was already there, and everybody recognised that.
“He enjoyed looking after the gardens and spent most of his time committed to mowing all the grass, about 60 acres, watered everything and planted trees.”
Digger was made a life member of Whittlesea Agricultural Society in 1981 along with his wife Joan who was awarded Life Stewardess.
“He was also named Citizen of the Year by the Shire of Whittlesea in 1993 for all his hard work maintaining the area,” Mr Hurry said.
“After awarding him with a life membership, the committee also named a portion of the park after him – the Digger Hall Reserve.
“We called him Digger because he always had a shovel with him. He was always digging up old trees, or broken pipes, to maintain the showgrounds.
“He set an example to others, he was very well respected and there was no rubbish about him.
“His contribution to society was outstanding, and his funeral was held under restrictions, but in normal circumstances I know half of Whittlesea would be there.”