Last member of Waterman family gone, but legacy lives on in suburb bearing name

Last member of Waterman family gone, but legacy lives on in suburb bearing name
Last member of Waterman family gone, but legacy lives on in suburb bearing name
Last member of Waterman family gone, but legacy lives on in suburb bearing name
Last member of Waterman family gone, but legacy lives on in suburb bearing name

THE last surviving member of the Waterman family has died but her namesake will live on in the suburb of Waterman’s Bay.

At 98 years of age Betty Waterman, whose family was founding fathers of Waterman’s Bay, wrote a comprehensive memoir about the family legacy and times.

“I have written these stories to pass on to my children and grandchildren and perhaps they will see how different life was, before fast food, before fast transport and before fast emails,” Betty wrote in her memoir My Scrapbook and Memories.

Betty’s father Alfred Waterman was a prominent business figure and tireless charity worker in the area.

He was also a furniture maker who held the patent for the popular school desk with a hinged top.

Mr Waterman loved the coastline and built a beach shack called Zephyr Villa.

“Some of the happiest times of my childhood were Saturday mornings when we would leave Victoria Park behind us and travel to the Bay for the weekend, singing in the car all the way,” she said.

Betty attended Lake Gwelup Primary and shared many fond memories of the school but sadly lost her father at 13 years old.

A bench in honour of the family was installed near the footpath overlooking the Waterman’s Bay.

“Waterman’s Bay has certainly been a paradise for so many years not only for my parents but for my brothers and my own family, children and grandchildren; in fact our family calls it Paradise Bay,” she said.

Daughter Liz Deague said her mother was a gracious matriarch of the family.

“Together with Jef, her soul mate and husband of 67 years, they modelled contentment, gratitude and strength of spirit and were a profound influence in the lives of their two children, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren,” she said.