Condolences: William Crofts OAM

I rise to pay tribute to Mr William Crofts, OAM, who passed away last week. Les, as he was affectionately known, was seen by the local community as the father of local government in Altona. He was also seen as a community icon in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Les Crofts served his community with unswerving resolve and commitment. He served an outstanding total of 26 years as councillor and shire president of the former Shire of Altona and was instrumental in that shire becoming the City of Altona, in which he served four terms as mayor. Les was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his service to the local community and was a volunteer service award recipient. Les had many passions. He was a keen lawn bowler and past president of the Altona Bowling Club, and spent 21 years as charter president of Altona City Rotary Club. The Altona City Rotary Club has recently renamed its excellence award the Les Crofts excellence award in honour of Les’s outstanding service to Rotary in Altona. Les was a justice of the peace and was a past president of the Altona Youth Club in the 1970s. Les will be sadly missed by our community, but especially by his loving family. May he rest in peace.