Daryl Janes passed away at Footscray Hospital on Monday 29 February 2016. He had been a member of the Williamstown Sailing Club since 1944 – 72 years of membership. He had not been well over the last five years, with several health concerns. Daryl had remained actively involved on the Committee till about four years ago.
Daryl joined the Williamstown Punt Club in 1944. He was not that interested in the sailing, it was mainly to pursue the affections of Decima Andrews, a young lady who was a crew member, sailing with local identity, Cliffe Elliott. His pursuit obviously worked as he and Decima later married and moved into a new home in Ford Street Newport where he lived up until his death. Sadly, Decima passed away in 2015, and had been hospitalised for 7 years. Despite his own poor health, Darryl visited her every day in the nursing home to help care for her.
Daryl’s working career started in the Costings and Accounting Department at the Government Aircraft Factory at Fishermans Bend. There he was introduced to the world of finance and accounting. He maintained working in the accounting sector for most of his life, including part time activities well into his eighties.
Daryl was elected to the Committee of Management at the Club in 1968, and was elevated to the position of Vice Commodore in 1976. Following the death of Treasure and Life Member James Pearl, Darryl accepted the position of Treasurer and served in this capacity for 34 years. He was awarded Life Membership in 1994. Daryl was known for keeping a very tight watch on the club finances, and would hunt around to get the best price on any purchases. The secure financial position the club is in today, owes much to the historical management of club funds by Daryl.
In 2012 the Committee of Management moved into computerised accounting and Daryl decided it was time to step down as the Club Treasurer and let others take over.
Well may we say ”Well done good and faithful servant”. We say goodbye and applaud this exceptional person who gave so much to the Club over so many years.