Warren James PROUD, passed away Wednesday 12 August 2020, aged 74 Years

Warren was born on in Bingara NSW on 2 August 1946. He attended Kogarah High School and joined the Bank of New South Wales when his finished school. Whilst working with the Bank in Tasmania, Warren was called up for National Service.

Warren was enlisted on 19 April 1967 and spent the mandatory 10 or so weeks at 1st Recruit Training Battalion Kapooka, NSW. He was allocated to the Royal Australian Armoured Corps (RAAC) and spent some time at Armoured Centre (Puckapunyal) where he was trained as a Crewman Gunner Signaller on Centurion tanks.

Warren was posted to C Squadron 1st Armoured Regiment (Puckapunyal) on 24 Oct 1967 and trained with the Squadron until 5 August 1968 when he was sent to Nui Dat, South Vietnam. He remained in Vietnam until 14 March 1969 and during this time he was trained as a Crew Commander (Centurion) and promoted to Corporal. Warren was discharged from the Australian Army, having completed his National Service obligation, on 18 April 1969.

Warren returned to the Bank and spent the next 10 years in Australia in a variety of positions within the Bank. In 1979 he was promoted to the position of Accountant to Madang Branch of the Bank in Papua New Guinea. In 1981, Warren met the love of his life, Cecilia, and shortly after moved to the Ramu Valley. An astute businessman Warren, in conjunction with Cecilia, established a supermarket which would provide for the over 2,200 employees of Ramu Sugar.

Warren was a founding member, and played a key role, in the RAMU Club which provided a warm, welcoming and friendly environment for a diverse range of people from different backgrounds including Papua New Guineans, Fijians, Australian and Ex Pats from the United Kingdom. During this time Warren and Cecilia encouraged many Papuan New Guineans to take up golf on the company’s 9 hole golf club. Warren was recognised for his strong sense of fairness and inclusivity which was regarded as crucial in establishing harmony in what was then a unique industrial environment in PNG.

After many years in a variety of successful business operations in both PNG and Australia, Warren and Cecilia retired to Kawana Waters (Queensland) in 2007.

Warren was consistently involved with community activities wherever he was located including positions of responsibility with informal RSL Sub-Committees, the Buderim Men’s Shed and the Maroochydore Veterans Drop In Centre.

Warren was a thorough gentleman, loyal to a fault, a selfless man who was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He had a listening ear and was comfortable listening and talking respectfully with both young and old. He was a valued friend to many.

May he rest in peace in the greenfields beyond.

Compiled from information provided by Australian Defence Records and friends of Warren.

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