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Hospital garden to commemorate a lifetime of service

Kevin Davies, Cedric Davies Jn
Unvieling the Cedric Davies Memorial Garden plaque

29 July 2015

 A giant of the Mareeba community was commemorated at the garden he helped develop and grow at Mareeba Hospital.

Cedric Davies passed away at Mareeba Hospital on 8 May 2015 at the age of 79.

The former Mareeba Shire Council Mayor and Rotarian of more than 50 years spent countless hours during his life working to improve facilities at Mareeba Hospital.

On 30 July, members of Mr Davies family along with Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Board Chair Bob Norman will formally unveil a plaque in honour of Mr Davies’ contribution to Mareeba Hospital.

A brass plaque will forever commemorate the garden area at Mareeba Hospital’s west wing as the ‘Cedric Davies Memorial Garden’.

Mr Norman said Mr Davies had previously sat on the Mareeba Hospital board and initiated the project that developed the west wing garden.

The centrepiece of the garden is the Bridge of Recovery, a wooden bridge used by Mareeba Hospital physiotherapists and patients to aid in their recovery. Rotary funded the project and Mr Davies along with other Rotarians built the bridge.

"I had the pleasure of getting to know Cedric and had the chance to catch up with him before he passed at the Cairns Hospital ANZAC Day ceremony, he was a good man and I know how much he meant to the people of Mareeba," he said.

"It never ceases to amaze and inspire me how much our regional hospitals are embraced by their communities and no one embodied that more than Cedric.

"I am truly delighted that our Health Service can be here today with Mr Davies’ family to show them how much he meant to everyone here at Mareeba Hospital."

Cedrick’s wife June Davies was approached by Mareeba Hospital for her blessing to formally dedicate the garden to her late husband.

"When the hospital told me what they wanted to do I cried," she said.

“Cedric loved Mareeba and he worked so hard to help grow and improve this town so it is nice that he is going to be recognised.

“Even when he was in Mareeba Hospital for the final time he spent all of his time telling staff ‘we’ve got to finish the playground we’ve got to do this, we’ve got to do that’.”

Mr Davies was born in Mareeba in 1936 just down the road from the hospital’s current site on Lloyd Street.

He married June in 1961 and had three boys, Cedric, Peter and Kevin. In 1964 he joined the Mareeba Rotary Club and after 51 years of service he never missed a meeting.

For 21 years, Mr Davies served on the Mareeba Shire Council including 16 as chairman. 

Last updated: 31 July 2015