Vale – Sidney Allan Weeden

On Monday 3 September at St Peter’s Uniting Church, Coolamon, we commemorated the life of Allan Weeden, who passed away on 27 August after a brave and uncomplaining battle with cancer. The service was conducted by Rev Leigh Steer and attended by a great gathering of people, including many family members, folks from the Coolamon congregation, numerous Uniting Church colleagues from within the Riverina Presbytery and wider afield (including Hornsby Uniting Church) and not the least many community representatives, a testament to Allan’s considerable endeavours outside of the church over the years.

Allan was of course our most recent Presbytery Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Property Committee. He was also Chair of the St Peter’s congregation, Chair of the Coolamon Inter-Church Council, heavily involved in both the Emmaus and Kairos movements, Organiser of the Annual Carol Service, keen volunteer at the Update Store in Coolamon and enthusiastic member of the local Bowling Club.

Allan was born in 1941, the second eldest of a family of five boys and five girls. His initial work was in banking in Crows Nest Sydney, following which he owned a hardware store in Hornsby (during which time he joined the Uniting Church). He then worked with Auspost delivery for a while, retiring to Coolamon 6 years ago and (together with his second wife Anne) joining up with the St Peter’s congregation. Allan is survived by Anne, his four children and 8 grandchildren.

Two of Allan’s sisters (members of the “Weeden Muddle” as they described their large family) spoke very lovingly of their older brother, describing him in the way that we who have known him indeed recall him: an honest, loving, considerate, selfless and gentle individual. While visiting him in these last few months, Allan’s siblings came to realize that “in his dignified way, he comforted us”.

Well done, good and faithful servant!