A pillar of the community

REMEMBERED: Eddie Elleway contributed to the enrichment of many lives in the community.

REMEMBERED: Eddie Elleway contributed to the enrichment of many lives in the community.

Eddie Elleway 1946-2017

EDSEL Ernest Elleway was born on April 23, 1946 at the Cleve hospital, the first son of Betty Eileer and Colin Llewellyn Elleway.

He was brought up on the family farm in Carpa, and started school in 1952 at the Cleve Area School, through to year 10 when he left to work the farm. His education set him up well for a life of contribution to the community.

He liked football and joined the Elbow Hill Football Club, which later became the Cowell South Football Club.

When Mr Elleway’s sons David, Phillip and Andrew started playing colts football, he became involved as president and team manager of the colts and later a goal umpire.

Following in the steps of his mother, he also played golf and they would practice together in farm paddocks.

He was involved in numerous local clubs, committees and organisations, and local government politics.

He joined the scouts when he was at school and went through the ranks, being district commissioner for some years.

He joined Rural Youth and then moved into Apex.

He moved through various board positions to become president of Cleve Apex Club and District 4 governor and was awarded life membership of the Cleve Apex Club.

Mr Elleway was involved in the Eyre Peninsula Field Days from the inaugural events onwards. He was twice president and served many years as publicity officer.

Mr Elleway was involved in the Lutheran Parish, being chairman during Pastor Witwer’s time.

He was on the Sims Farm Organising Committee for many years and was a member of the Crosville Aq Bureau, Cleve CFS and EP Rural Counselling Service.

Mr Elleway had a passion for trucks.

His first job was driving Midgot Harris’ Commer on the fuel run to Port Lincoln.

He drove one of Alec Columbus’ two Dodge trucks, carrying transportable cabins, from Adelaide to Port Hedland, celebrating his 21st birthday at Mulligine, in a shanty shack hotel, 60 kilometres south of Marble Bar.

Mr Elleway also drove for Llewellyn Transport for many years.

Amongst all these activities, Mr Elleway was a farmer, with his two brothers, Ronald and Michael, at Carpa, Yabmana and Cowell.

He married Dianne Lienert in 1971 and had four children, David, Julie, Phillip and Andrew. Sadly, Diane passed away on Boxing Day, 1995, causing him much heartache.

Happily, for the past 17 years, his life was cheered by his partner, Wendy Schubert.

In 1997, to give him purpose after the death of his wife, Ron Schuman nominated Mr Elleway to stand for the Franklin Harbor Council. He was elected, quickly becoming involved in the works and machinery committees, and Eyre Pest and Plant Control Committee. 

Mr Elleway served as deputy chair from 2000 to 2006 and mayor from 2006 to 2014, stepping back to remain a councillor for the rest of his life.

Mr Elleway had the capacity, rare in people today, to make a decision and stick to it, even if others around him disagreed. 

He did so much, he really was “Eddie Everywhere”.

He contributed to the enrichment of so many lives in the community and he will be missed.

He is survived by his partner Wendy, children David, Julie and son-in-law Malcolm, son Phillip and daughter-in-law Junee, son Andrew and partner Amanda; grandchildren Angeline, Dalton, Callum and Evie; brother Ronald, sister-in-law Vicki, brother Michael and partner Kath.