Jack Hewitt will be remembered fondly. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEWith courage, good humour and a paint brush, Jack Hewitt left his mark on this world, especially Dubbo.
The Rat of Tobruk, who only ever told funny stories of active service in the Middle East, was remembered by some yesterday as the “man who painted Dubbo”, inside and out.
Mayoral digs, the post office and Myer were among the many and varied buildings he meticulously gave a fresh coat of paint, sometimes on more than one occasion.
On July 2, at the grand age of 95, Mr Hewitt succumbed to a heart attack at his well-loved home of 18 months, Bracken House.
Yesterday, he was farewelled at a funeral service at Holy Trinity Anglican Church before his burial at the new Dubbo cemetery.
Son Alan Hewitt, of Nelson Bay, was among those to pay tribute to the long-time widower respected by the average man and dignitaries alike.
Born and raised in Dubbo, Jack Hewitt saw action in World War II before returning home to marry, raise a family of two sons and run a successful painting business.
“A good group of men” helped him tick off the jobs provided by large and reputable building companies in Dubbo.
One of them, offered a better life through an apprenticeship with Jack Hewitt Painting Services, worked at Bracken House and
kept regular contact with his former employer, son Alan Hewitt said.
“It’s quiet around there today,” he said of the Macquarie Street facility where his father was a positive participant in its day-to-day life.
It must adjust to the loss along with the ex-servicemen and women who greeted Jack Hewitt at the Dubbo Cenotaph on Anzac Day this year.
“He never missed Anzac Day, even when he couldn’t march any more,” said Alan Hewitt who told of General Peter Cosgrove saluting his father during a visit to Dubbo’s RSL Club in recent months.
Veterans’ Affairs was to have draped an Australian flag on the coffin yesterday.
Alan Hewitt, trained as a painter by his father, feels “very lucky” to have known such an “honest, sincere and courteous” man
who “loved his work and was good at it”.
Jack Hewitt is survived by Alan and partner Rose, daughter-in-law Sue and grandchildren Bridgett, Lyndal and Josh.
He was predeceased by his wife, Gloria, and son, Barry.
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