Former MA Official and long serving Motorcycle Club Member Graham Woodward passed away in Caboolture Hospital Thursday 22 June. His funeral was at Burpengary on Wednesday 28 June and was attended by his family and friends from his very full life.
Graham was born on 20th December 1933 in Toowoomba. Growing up he pursued many interests which included push bike racing, air scouts, then became a motor mechanic and started his interest in motorbikes. He was also a drummer and trombone player in the Salvation Army and later had his own dance band. He was a recruit in the second intake of the National Service and later in the permanent Air Force.
In 1954 Graham met his future wife Joyce and was married in Auburn NSW in 1955. They moved back to Queensland and had two children Calvin and Sandra. He worked as a Photographer for awhile but then went back to the automotive industry, which included opening a Volkswagen Dealership and Motorcycle Dealership which over the years included Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati. This was when he joined Motorcycle Sportsmen the first time and started road racing.
Graham and family moved to Sydney in the seventies and started work at Kawasaki Australia. He joined Motorcycle Racing Club of NSW and because an official. He was a Steward, Clerk of Course, Scrutineer and later a Race Secretary. He was also President of MCRC and later on made a life member. Graham and family moved back to Queensland in the late seventies, rejoined Motorcycle Sportsman and started working at Kawasaki distributors Brisk’s Sales. He continued doing official’s jobs for Motorcycling Queensland and Sportsmen, was President of Sportsmen and eventually made a life member. Graham also took up the job of full time club secretary/race secretary at Sportsmen.
When Graham retired to eventually live in a house built on the same property as his daughter Sandie and her husband Peter at Ningi, he rekindled his interest in playing the trombone, joined Ye Olde Brass R.S.L. Memorial Band, RAAF Amberley Brass and Caboolture Salvation Army bands. He was also a life member of Ye Olde Brass.
Graham had four generations of family. Joyce, Sandie and husband Peter, granddaughter Cara, her husband Darrren and two Great Grand Sons Billy and Thomas.
Graham was my Uncle, he started my involvement in Motorcycle Sport and taught me a lot. I worked for him after school when I was just fifteen and I bought my first bike off him, a Royal Enfield 350.
Words by Kevin Mortimer, Joyce Woodward, Sandie Snell and Cara Nixon-Smith