Narooma bids farewell to much-loved Margaret Saker

Quotarians and others from Narooma said an emotional goodbye to Margaret Saker on Saturday. About 80 people packed the Montague Room at Club Narooma to thank Margaret and wish her well. She is moving to Benalla, Victoria next week.

Margaret’s Quota friends, from near and far, along with her Narooma friends, joined in the laughter and tears during the afternoon festivities.

President Bronwyn Roll, on behalf of Quota Narooma, presented Margaret with a framed photograph of the Wagonga inlet foreshore showing Quota Park. Margaret has been a member of Quota since June 1988. She will be remembered fondly for all her contributions to the community and for her genuine concern for those around her, especially when they needed a boost.

Gillian Kearney, coordinator of this year’s Australia Day event, presented Margaret with a certificate recognising her as a Narooma Legend. Margaret coordinated the first Narooma Australia Day in 1999 and continued to do so until January 2013.

Maggi Havu brought greetings from MP Andrew Constance, who has been a long-time friend of Margaret’s, and someone he relied on to speak her mind on issues.

“Although Margaret is leaving us, she will always be here in Narooma, in the memories we share,” said Quota member Bernice Gale.

Mrs Saker said she didn’t want to leave Narooma but was being realistic. “I decided to do it now while I am still capable of making the decision. I don’t want to leave naturally.”

Her new home in Benalla has a beautiful garden and the town is lovely and full of trees, although not as nice as her beloved Narooma with its stunning ocean and inlet views from her current home. But Benalla is where her oldest son Trevor and her great grandchildren live.

The Saker family is a family of cricket tragics. Trevor coaches an Under 14s country cricket girls team while her other son David is now assistant coach to the Australian team.

She was surprised to catch him on the television during a lunch break in the recent Australian vs Pakistan test match. “The only chance I get to see him is on television,” she joked. He now lives up in Queensland with his family.

Her other son and daughter also love cricket just as much. 

It was going to be a busy few weeks as she packed up her Narooma home, but fortunately her family was helping her with the big move down to Victoria.

Mrs Saker said she would miss everyone in Narooma and thanked them all for their support and help with her various projects and events over the years.