Celebration of Life: Rosewood family loves Joe forever
IT IS with great sadness that the Dowdle family of Rosewood advises that Joseph Dowdle, born in St. Helens, England on April 4, 1932, passed away peacefully, after a short illness, in the early hours of last Sunday morning aged 83.
Joe came from a close knit family of 12 children and this is where his passion for sport began.
After completing an apprenticeship as a painter and decorator he served with the British Army in Asia and the Middle East.
In 1954 he married the love of his life Maureen. Together for more than 60 years, they came from England in 1965 to make a new life in the Lucky Country.
They arrived with their first four boys, Joseph, Anthony, Chris and Paul with the fifth son Peter born later in Ipswich.
On arriving in Australia with his family he took up a career with the Royal Australian Air Force as a motor transport driver and later became a plant operator with No. 5 Airfield Construction Squadron serving at Tindal in Northern Territory, Learmonth Western Australia and finally at RAAF Base Amberley.
His sense of community started when he helped to organize and construct the building that became the Katherine Youth Club NT where he trained members of the club in the art of boxing, a sport he had competed in while in England and with the British Army.
Posting to RAAF Base Amberley saw Joe involved with the base expansion program for Phantom and F111 aircraft.
During this time he helped to form and coached the RAAF/Rosewood under 15 rugby league club.
He was also involved with the Brothers Rugby League Club in Ipswich, helping to lay the first concrete foundations of what was the original Brothers club house.
Joe and Maureen eventually bought a house in Rosewood where they provided a great home environment for their children.
Joe quickly became involved in the local community helping to found the Rosewood Football Club and he coached and mentored local teams for many years.
Joe was always one to encourage his five boys to participate and excel in sport.
Although he had a passion for boxing and footy, he was always there for his boys no matter the sport - hockey, Judo, Ju-jitsu, soccer, track and field and of course footy and boxing.
His encouragement did not stop at sport and he was very proud of his five boys and their children achieving in their chosen professions.
Joe retired from Amberley in 1994 after a long and distinguished career as a qualified chef and settled into retirement with Maureen at their Rosewood home.
A well-respected breeder of a variety of birds and fish, he passed the time easily with his hobbies and some baby-sitting duties for his ever-growing family.
Over the years he experienced a variety of health issues but always amazed the doctors with a speedy recovery back to good health.
As age crept up he maintained an amazing spirit and he fought the good fight until the very end.
A great husband, awesome father and good mate to so many, he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.