Darling, 1926 - 2017
The President received this
letter from Fred's son Mike Darling-
Dear Club members
I write to advise you of the sad but
not unexpected passing of Austin 7 Club Life Member Fred
Darling. Over recent years, ongoing health issues have taken
their toll and many of you would have seen Fred becoming
Not daunted, his determination to
remain independent at home continued unabated, until another
recent fall saw the medical authorities insist on 24 hour
care. Surprisingly, dad managed the transition well,
seemingly finally aware that the move was in his best
After only three weeks in his new home,
where A7 photos and trophies featured heavily, he passed
away quietly in his sleep on the evening of Sunday 5th
of November. For family reasons Fred was cremated privately
this week with no formal service.
As someone who grew up around the club,
attending events as a child with many of the founding
members, I’m proud to acknowledge the huge part the Austin 7
club family played in Fred’s life and the many lasting
friendships formed during his uninterrupted membership of
more than 60 years.
On behalf of my sisters, Lynne, Chris
and Carole, I thank you, the members, for your friendship
and support of dad, particularly after the loss of “Bernie”,
his wife. The colour change of dad’s beloved Ruby Roadster,
from traditional cream to red, was for mum, who’d always
wanted a red sports car. Having dismantled it in the front
yard during my high school holidays I’m glad that with your
help she eventually got her wish.
The last club event Fred attended was
the recent visit to the Moorabbin Air Museum. Those who were
there or who saw his photo on the cover of the September
Light Shaft will know how much that day meant to him.
Finally, you should know that Dad had
an enormous sense of pride about the way the club has
developed and strengthened, particularly the financial
independence and stability achieved in recent years. Long
may it continue!
The Committee and members
of the Austin 7 Club are deeply saddened by the passing of
Fred, who had been an active part of the Club since he
joined in 1951.
He regularly participated in Club events
over many years and always attended club meetings, latterly
with the support of his son Mike.
The Club will not be the same without his
friendly face and cheery comments.
The Austin 7 Club extends deepest
sympathy to Mike, and all Freds family and friends.
*A Club memorial tribute will
be placed in The Age, Tuesday 21st November.
*The Emerald Uniting Church,
Emerald Monbulk Rd, Emerald will be holding a memorial
Service for Fred at 2 pm Sunday 26th November
Vale Trevor Cole, 01-08-1923