The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder this week farewells its current longest serving staff member after 42 years of outstanding service.
Con Funazzi is known to many in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder community, and is especially active in the local lawn bowls scene.
He began working with the then town of Kalgoorlie as a courier, delivering rates notices, electricity bills, letters, and Council minutes and agendas. Funazzi worked in several different departments across the organisation before settling into his current role of Supervisor Parks and Reserves in 1985.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said Con’s status within the organisation was “legendary”, and his retirement would be a significant loss to the City.
“When you’re looking at the retirement of someone like Con Funazzi, who has such a wealth of corporate knowledge, you know you are really going to struggle to fill that gap,” he said.
“Con has been the main point of contact for so many City officers on so many projects, through both hands on involvement and just being here when things happened, as well as for many community groups for major events, like the ANZAC Day Parades, so he will definitely be missed.”
Mr Funazzi said one of his stand out memories of his time at the City was the collection and installation of the replica Paddy Hannan statue, after the original had to be brought to Perth to get a copy made after the original kept getting vandalized with paint.
Funazzi recalls travelling to Perth to pick up the new statue which was tied down in the back of a Ute on a mattress, and having to make a pit stop in Cunderdin.
“We parked right out front and the bloke says you can’t park there, so I replied well we’ve got to keep an eye on that in case anyone pinches him”, nodding to the trailer, to which he was given the okay.
In the meantime, the original Paddy Hannan statue was brought back to Kalgoorlie by plane with the statue taking up seat one of the flight.
“We had a parade where we marched him back up Hannan St, where I played Flanagan and someone else was O’Shea”.
Mr Funazzi works his final day with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Friday 18 October.