Former Tamworth Mayor and well-known businessman Warren Woodley has been remembered for his strong advocacy for the region and his lifetime of serving the community.
Mr Woodley passed away at age 85 on the early hours of Christmas Day at Tamworth Hospital, just days after the passing of former Armidale Mayor Rosemary Leitch.
While the news initially got a bit lost in the holidays, announcement of his funeral on Monday the 9th of January, to be held at the Tamworth Town Hall, has prompted many to express their gratitude online for this giant of the Tamworth community.
The contribution of the Woodley family to Nundle and Tamworth was fortunately recorded in a book which Mr Woodley helped write, published in April 2021. ‘The Woodleys of Nundle and Tamworth’ tells the story of the Woodleys and the Robinsons and includes original letters written around the turn of the 20th Century.
Mark Woodley, Warren Woodley’s son, now runs the Woodley Motors car dealership started in 1919, where his father started working when he was 19.
Mr Woodley served on then Tamworth City Council for 39 years, having been first elected when he was 26. Among his many awards and accolades, he was awarded an OAM for his service in local government and his work with Australian Cities Against Drugs in 2002.