2017 Media Releases

Castle Cove Park path named in honour of James White

30 May 2017


A special ceremony was held on Friday 26 May, to officially name the newly completed perimeter path at Castle Cove Park in honour of former Castle Cove resident, the late James ‘Jim’ White.

The ceremony was attended by Jim’s family, Councillors and Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney, who unveiled a stone sculpture. 

Jim White passed away on 11 November 2016, aged 86. Jim was a longstanding Castle Cove resident held in high regard by his community. He was an architect by profession and designed his home in Castle Cove and lived there with his wife, Nell, for over 45 years, where they raised their two daughters, Susan and Alison. In recent years Jim was delighted to become the grandfather of two little boys, Lucas and DJ.

Jim was a member of Council's Natural Heritage and Bushland Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2016. His contributions to the committee were highly valued. He was an active member whose forthright opinions on the need for the preservation and propagation of native flora were always well received.  His love of Flannel Flowers and Waratahs and his hatred of Lantana were well known to the committee. Following a stroke six years ago, Jim's mobility was limited and he was unable to venture into his beloved bush but his magnificent native garden was an enduring interest. He attended committee meetings until a further stroke recently made attendance impossible. 

Jim was the founding president of The Castle Cove Environment Association and a regular attendee to the Castle Cove Progress Association.

Professionally he was involved in the designing and development of motels, resulting in much overseas travel to discover new trends and to gain inspiration for innovative designs. Jim was also one of five pioneers in square dancing in Australia and often travelled to the USA for annual square dancing conferences. 

Jim was a founding member of the Lane Cove Country Club in 1960 and designed its course after succeeding in gaining cooperation from Lane Cove Council to donate the land.

Jim also contributed to Kiwanis and Apex; volunteering and community activity were important to Jim.

“Jim will be missed by his family and friends but also by the wider community which has benefitted so much from this very energetic man who rolled his sleeves up and made things happen. His legacy will be remembered through the naming of this path and beautiful memorial sculpture,” said Willoughby Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney.

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