A tribute to Paul West – a musical Marina legend

So many Marina residents will have great memories of Paul West, spanning so many years. He has spent a wealth of hours and years contributing to make the Marina a safe and beautiful place that we are all privileged to call home.

He headed up the Security Portfolio for countless years and worked closely and diligently with all the Street Reps to inspire working together as a community and to promote security awareness and initiatives that could be adapted to various areas according to the needs. Identifying weak areas and encouraging residents to participate, he literally walked door to door and got to know almost everyone in the Marina.

He was the maestro each year to lead the throngs of Marina residents at the Annual Christmas Carol Event. Paul ensured that the Christmas Carol event was non-denominational but conveyed the true spirit of Christmas at the same time. Every person was welcomed. They came from far and wide, brought in friends and families, arrived on foot or by
car, so many boats too numerous to count – but the event was not to be missed and Paul delivered with his talented musicians.

Always a memorable event that is held each year, Paul was there to haul the equipment to the site, set up and do sound checks, and helped to string up lighting and ropes for moorings. He never failed us in any way. He also often assisted to clean up the area before the event and after as well, with never a murmur of discontent.

It was Paul’s expertise that assisted ExCom with the purchase of sound equipment that is used at all events as needed. This greatly reduced the need to keep spending funds on hiring costs.

Paul also played a pivotal role in helping our neighbours across the street, spending countless hours to get all and sundry involved with events and donations.

Not one to shy away from hard work, he was often seen dragging hoses around the Marina and public open spaces to assist with watering and helping to keep our surrounds neat, clean, and watered.

Now a mighty tree has fallen. His legacy will live in the Marina forever. The Annual Marina Christmas Carols should forever hold a minute’s silence just before the signature song of the 12 Days of Christmas, written and adapted by Paul himself. I know events, where so many children are present, is difficult to wish for a silent moment but perhaps the musicians in attendance could do a special word of remembrance just before the launch of Paul’s song. It is certainly loved each year and delivered with great gusto and merriment!

Paul West was a firm believer and lived his life by example. I am sure that his soul is happy in his final resting place. We are convinced that he is fine-tuning a harp right now! Let the calypso play on!

Rest In Eternal Peace, dearest Paul West.

Contributions by Bob Craske and Elaine Meyer