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May 2011 Docklander

03 May 2011

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Don is not likely to sit still

Popular Docklander Don Jones retired on April 29 after nearly eight years of selling apartments for MAB at NewQuay.

At 70, the evergreen salesman is still full of life but felt it was time to pass the baton to a new generation.

Don had become a NewQuay institution and his positive nature and cheery manner will be missed.

But don’t be surprised to see Don popping up from time to time, filling in for people on leave or taking some part time work in the area.

During his time in Docklands, Don has also been a great supporter of the local chamber of commerce, having served on the executive committee for the past few years.

Don is a Docklands true believer and it was this genuine passion for the area that made him such as effective ambassador and salesman.

“I will certainly miss the day-to-day contact with the people here,” he said.

And he is worried that he is not going to have enough to “do” in retirement.

“I am scared of sitting at home.  People say that you will find plenty to do, but I’m not sure that our definition of ‘plenty to do’ are the same,” Don said.

Don started his working life as an apprentice in the printing trade but gravitated into an unrelated sales role as soon as he received his trade papers.

He owned and operated men’s wear stores for 12 years, established and ran a childcare centre in South Melbourne for six years and also ran a cleaning business for six years.

He spent five years in manufacturing and ended up renovating houses before drifting into the real estate business.

The Docklands community wishes Don all the best in his “so-called” retirement.

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