Vale – Jim Lawford

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The VGA is saddened to announce that Jim Lawford passed away peacefully on the 26th of August 2018.

Jim first become involved with the greens committee at RVBA (Bowls Victoria)back in early 1990’s.

Over these years he recognised that there was a need to create a better way of making concrete ditches that would allow bowls not to rebound back on to the greens.
Jim having a great mind for creativity and problem solving though his 55 years of running his engineering business in Rochester, created the ditches that started as galvanised metal sheets folded on a angle to stop bowls rebounding.

Jim then decided that the metal may become a issue close to salt water and that’s when he designed the precast concrete ditches that so many clubs across the country now have installed.

Jim would be known by a lot of Bowling club committees and greenkeepers throughout Australia as he has taken his concrete ditches, plinths, and line markers to every corner of the country. Jim would be known to just pop in to say hello and there wouldn’t be too many clubs that didn’t know of Jim Lawford.

Jim’s legacy lives on in his son, Peter who continues to run Lawford Engineering and his Grandson Adam who is a greenkeeper in Victoria.

Jim will be laid to rest at a service at St Joseph’s church in Rochester starting at 11 am on the 3rd of September.

Condolences to Jim’s family , he was a true legend in our industry and will be sadly missed.