Tributes after death of inner Perth community stalwart

Ken McCallum (left) and Roslyn Park with local residents. Mr McCallum helped establish the Inglewood Community Garden committee. Photo: Andrew Ritchie d487181
Ken McCallum (left) and Roslyn Park with local residents. Mr McCallum helped establish the Inglewood Community Garden committee. Photo: Andrew Ritchie d487181

CLUBS in Inglewood and Mt Lawley have paid tribute to a community stalwart.

Members of local community groups and sporting clubs have been left shocked and saddened after Ken McCallum died unexpectedly on January 11.

Mr McCallum was a longtime and committed volunteer to the Inglewood Bowling and Sports Club and Mt Lawley-Inglewood cricket and junior football clubs.

Bowling club president David Pearce said Mr McCallum would “go out of his way to help anyone out in the community” and helped save the club from closure in 2018.

“We are forever grateful for everything he did for the club and we are all deeply saddened by his passing,” he said.

Cricket club president Cameron McCulloch said he was “a true legend” of the club.

“It wasn’t just the 40 years of service that he provided to our club, it was the way he went about it,” he said.

“His dedication to mentoring our juniors, that never ending smile and willingness to sit down and have a beer when times are tough are just some of the things that all of us Panthers will remember and miss.”

Mr McCallum also helped establish the Inglewood-Mt Lawley Community Garden project in 2018 and was part of the committee.

Ken McCallum and Mt Lawley-Inglewood Cricket Club captain David Washbourne shared lunch and a laugh together last week.

Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman also lamented his loss.

“Ken was champion for his community in every sense,” he said.

“I hope his name will be among those considered when it comes to naming the new pavilion at Hamer Park.”

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