Sad news this week as we learned of the sudden passing of Trevor Davis. I came across an old photo of him just the other day and was quietly reminiscing about “the old days”. Many of you in the industry today would not know of him, but Trevor John Davis (‘Mandrake”) was a larger than life person and a fixture of the drycleaning industry for several decades. He was 93 years of age, and still playing golf!
Trevor was very involved in in the DIA NSW Committee, was President of the Allied Traders Association for six years, and worked on numerous Twin Clean Conferences and state seminars, as well as running his own Sanitone Conventions in far flung places such as Fiji, Hawaii and New Zealand (29 of them – no mean achievement). He was instrumental in bringing to Australia a range of excellent speakers, and he and his lovely stylish wife, Mary, were brilliant hosts.
I remember a DIA NSW weekend seminar at Wollongong, when he and Ron Hales (L Dee Pty Ltd) made a dramatic entrance to the speaker session, each dressed in a white towelling robe and sporting red and gold boxing gloves. They duked it out over whether perc or CFC would be the solvent going forward. In all, Trevor spent 55 years as key part of the industry. Trevor introduced the first Hydrocarbon Drycleaning machine into Australia.
When Trevor retired in 2012 (yes, he was 88!) dozens of his friends gathered for a farewell luncheon at Lavender Bay. Trevor was honoured by the DIA NSW with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the AGM in 2007.
I have spoken with Trevor’s daughter Debby and expressed my sympathy, and Brian Tonkin has also contacted Debby on behalf of the drycleaning industry and DIA Members.
Trevor’s funeral will be held on Monday 18th November, 10.30am at St. Jude’s Church of England, 106 Avoca Street Randwick.
A wake will be held afterwards at the Graphic Arts Club, 182 Coward Street, Mascot, and there is plenty of parking in the rear of that building.
by request, no flowers. Donations to Dementia Research.