Ken Moore: former Mundaring Shire President and local stalwart passes away aged 89

The late Ken Moore.
The late Ken Moore.

FORMER Shire of Mundaring President and Justice of the Peace Ken Moore passed away at the age of 89 on May 3.

He lived in the Shire for more than 60 years and was the Shire President from 1972 to 1973.

Former Shire of Mundaring chief executive Max Williams said Ken was very well liked by fellow councillors and employers.

“He was understanding, level- headed and patient,” he said.

“After stepping down, he was willing to be contacted and provided valuable insight to community needs for the Shire.”

His daughter Karen Cothrane said her father was always an active member of the community.

He was a founding member of the Mundaring Rotary Club and President from 1982 to 1983.

Born in Capel in 1927, he was the second youngest of eight children. He met and married Claire Mutter in 1949.

In July 1955, the couple moved to a poultry farm in Bailey Road in Glen Forrest with their five children.

He lost his first wife suddenly in 1970 when their children were aged 9-20.

Mr Moore worked for the Argentine Ant Control (Department of Agriculture) and sold real estate in the Mundaring Shire.

He and colleague Ted Goode spent many hours preparing the fairways for the new golf course.

When the new Mundaring Golf Club was completed, Mr Moore and May Kennedy hit the first balls to open the course. The balls were mounted in the clubrooms. Mr Moore continued to maintain Mundaring Golf Course until recently.

He remarried in 2003 to Ann Laffeber and the couple lived in Helena Valley.

Between them, the couple have eight children, 26 grandchildren and 16 great grand children.