As surfers made the most of conditions outside, local business men and women enjoyed their meal and listened to the special guest speaker who spoke of his history and passed on advice he had collected from his rich 98 years of life. Attending with Jess, his wife for 73 years and granddaughter Karyn, Jack entertained the crowd with his wit, noting that the key to success is hard work and the secret to a long, loving marriage is "doing what you're told".
With Bishop Bill in attendance and guided by Vice Chancellor Pastoral Ministries Teresa Brierley, Jack recalled some of his childhood memories and his early work in the furniture business. He presented to the crowd a crucifix which he had collected in Papua New Guinea during World War II, which he brought back to Australia. The cross played a significant role in Jack's life and he would later work tirelessly and raise significant funds holding dances for young Catholics to build a "Way of the Cross" at St Joseph's at Lochinvar. This yearly, ecumenical event is now held at Kilaben Bay and Jack dreams of building upon the grounds and making this moving liturgy more accessible for people during the Easter period.