Artist Ted Wale has been remembered as a “local legend” following his death this week aged 107.
In September Mr Wale celebrated his birthday at his Glenfield nursing home Whiddon Easton Park where he recently moved.
Up until his move, he maintained his own home in Cabramatta, mowed his lawns and carried out general maintenance.
The talented artist was still painting right up until his passing on Tuesday with his artworks hung up around the nursing home.
Fowler MP Chris Hayes said he felt “honoured and privileged” to call Ted – who was the third oldest person Australia – a friend.
“I have known Ted for the past seven years and I can honestly say that I had never met anyone like him,” he said.
“Ted was a true local legend...He was a character, he had strong opinions, especially when it came to art, but he made us laugh and at times he brought a tear to our eyes.”
A founding member of the Fairfield City Art Society in 2016, Mr Wale was awarded Fairfield’s Citizen of the Year the same year.
He was born in England and moved to Lithgow after World War I. He moved to Cabramatta in 1956.
Mr Wale started his career as a mechanical engineer apprentice and was later employed by the Australian Defence Industry in Sydney. He made instruments for airplanes during World War II.
Mr Wale’s love of art was nourished when he went to a sketch group in Camden.
“I always loved art from the first day I went to school,” he said last month. “In those days, we only made pencil drawings.”