LONG-TIME Swan Valley resident Ron Pass has compiled a lifetime of memoirs and put it in writing, much to the delight of his family and friends.
The 81-year-old released his first book recently, accurately titled – according to Mr Pass – A Simple Life “Anything But”.
The book covers Mr Pass’ life in the Swan Valley, as well as earlier years around WA.
After moving from the Gascoyne with his wife and two daughters in 1970, the family settled in Greenmount.
They then moved to Millendon in the Swan Valley in 1978, where the couple remained until the death of his wife in 2009.
Mr Pass said the book was a tribute to his beloved wife, who encouraged him to write it.
“I believed I would never recover from the loss of my soul mate to even finish it,” he said.
“Strangely, the interest aroused by responses I have received about these memoirs has stirred me immensely, to the extent that should we require a reprint, I would be tempted to try to express life after the greatest loss of my life.”
Mr Pass is a highly acclaimed horseman, racehorse trainer and jockey.
He is also known as a volunteer fireman, serving in both regional and metro WA for four decades, and a bush poet.
Some of his poems are included in the new book, as well as many photographs and a complete index of people, places and horses.
Outback identity Laurie Bain has known Mr Pass for more than 50 years, and recommends A Simple Life “Anything But”.
“Anyone interested in the early bush days and the benefits and satisfaction to be had by doing a good day’s work, read this book,” he said.
He said Mr Pass’ sense of humour would carry readers through the trials and tribulations that he and his wife Alice went through together, including the tragic loss of their young son and losing their house and possessions in a fire.
The book will be launched at the St Michael’s Catholic Church hall in Herne Hill on Sunday, February 12, from 9.30am.
Former politician Wilson Tuckey will launch the book.
Copies can be bought directly from Mr Pass for $40 plus postage. Email email@example.com or call 9297 4411.