Edward Leon Green was born 28/07/1931 in the small country town of Kandos. He was the 2nd son of Gered James Green, a Train driver / Miner who passed away in 1938 and his mother Daisy Wilohmene Green who passed away in 1939. It was because of Bill's likeness to his mother that he became known as Bill not Edward. Bill's elder brother Ronald Alfred Green passed away in 2012.
Both boys were moved to the city in the mid 1930's. As their parents passed away quickly and this left the boys as wards of the state. They were raised by neighbours Ann & Fred Payne who lived in Northwood St Newtown.
It is during this time that Bill built a life time of special friendships with Cecil Pearce, Alban McNamara, Jack Royce, Mary Royce, Jeff Ellem and Beryl Fleming who all grew up in Northwood Street Newtown. This lively bunch of young people were known for their love of cars and hard work. Little did Bill know all these people would be his friends for the rest of his life.
Bill grew up working from about the age of 10. He had an ice run before school and if he had time he would also go and chop wood and sell it for use in fire places. After school he had his paper run on the trams. Over weekends he would sell manure and flowers to bring in money for the family who raised him. The Northwood crew always knew at which place Bill was having dinner. His trusty & loyal Black Cocker Spaniel dog called "Rex" was always sitting at the front gate waiting for Bill who would always have a couple of treats. Bill was always known to have several dogs with him whereever he went, if the dog was a stray Bill would adopt him.
Bill started his first apprenticeship at Williams Adams in the Dry cleaning division. He soon moved on to Dickson & Rae who gave Bill his first foreman position for his hard work.
During these years Bill raised enough money so that he could purchase his first "Myford" lathe which the family business still have to this day. It was at this time a local Printing business owner, in Northwood St Newtown named Dick Fleming and father of Bill's earlier girl friend Beryl Fleming, offered Bill his loft in the back of the printing factory to help start taking on repairs and machining work at night after he finished his day's work. After years of hard work he moved out of that loft and bought a factory in Mallet Street. It was during these years Bill met Mae.
Mae and Bill were married on 17th December 1955 at St Phillips Anglican Church, Auburn.
Over the next three years Bill & Mae had three sons Greg born in 1959, and twins - Craig & Mark born in 1961.
Bill and Mae started their Engineering business in 1958 as a partnership and formalised it as a company in 1960 called DC & L Engineering. Bill's abilities as an engineer built up very strong and special relationships with many a company. Two of his three sons joined the family business, Greg and Mark.
To this day the foundation and principles that Bill & Mae set up for DCL Engineering now run by Greg and Mark, has supported a very strong history with some of their employees now spanning 25 - 40 years of service: Nick, Fernando, Spencer, Joanna, Angelo, Tim, Norma & Hernan. These people loved Bill. They worked beside Bill, Greg and Mark to forge an Engineering company that has Australia's best blue chip companies as clients in the mining, steel, cement, transmission, timber, hydraulics and construction industries. These companies span our continent.
Bill loved his engineering, although working some times seven days a week in his younger days, there was always time for Sunday drives to visit his brother Ron's family, picnics with the McNamaras and Gibbs.
Caravanning holidays were special each Christmas at Nambucca Heads for two to three weeks from the late 60's through to late 70's. This time was shared with the Gregory's, Gibb's and never forgetting the highly entertaining Steve Peters Greg's best mate. The boys always had lots of their mates calling in, the caravan and annexe were always over flowing. Bill loved these holidays away with his family and friends.
As time went on the boys reached their latter teens all seemed to travel to different places as they all started to drive and meet their girlfriends.
Mark married Tania in 1986 and have 2 sons also: Nathan Edward being born in 1990 and Aaron John born in 1991.
Craig married Hayley in 1991 producing a granddaughter Brigette born in 1994 and grandson Kurt Alexander born in 1997.
It was after these wonderful times that Bill and Mae decided it was time to take on a new chapter of their life with travelling around the world.
Thanks Bill, for just being you.