• Vale, Don Chambers

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    SALUTE: Don Chambers celebrates with Dorn Hawking last year after an Indigo council decision to fund a new footpath outside Mrs Hawking’s Camp Street house in Beechworth – works for which both argued hard with the support of Wooragee’s Robin McLiesh. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg

    RUTHERGLEN’S Don Chambers – industrial chemist, athlete, environmentalist, grocer, councillor, mayor, multiculturalist, pluralist and man of the world – has died.
    He was 78.
    The father of five and grandfather of four had recently become engaged to a childhood friend, Lori Templeton-Albanese, and they were in Rome together – where Mrs Templeton-Albanese has lived for many years – when Cr Chambers is said on Monday to have suffered a heart attack.
    He was serving his fourth term as an Indigo Shire councillor, a role to which he was first elected in 1997.
    Fellow councillor and close friend Roberta Horne told the Advertiser yesterday that “there were no ‘ifs’ in Don’s vocabulary”.
    “He approached problem-solving like a chess game,” she said.
    “You lined this up and you moved that across there. You just thought it through.
    “There was no question of success. It was just how you got there, how you solved it.”
    Cr Horne, whom Cr Chambers invited to become his running mate in the 2012 local government election on a “best of the west” Indigo ticket representing Rutherglen, Wahgunyah, Browns Plains’ and Barnawartha communities, knew him for 17 years.

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