Bellingen identity leaves behind his legacy of altruism
ONE of Bellingen's best-known residents, Carl Joseph Foster, died on November 14, leaving a long legacy of helping others.
As a founding member of the Bellingen Lions Club, Carl spent 60 years improving the lives of others while also managing his business, Carl J Foster Mechanical Repairs, which he operated from 1968.
He was made a life member of the Lions Club.
Carl's 84 years of life will be commemorated today at a service at St Mary Immaculate, Mother of God Catholic Church in Park St, Bellingen, from 11am.
The mass will be followed by a funeral procession along Hyde St and then to the Catholic Monumental Cemetery.
The family has requested donations to the Bellingen Lions Club in lieu of floral tributes.
Carl had long been an iconic figure in the Bellinger Valley, not least for having never retired and continuing running his business into his 80s.
The business was put on the market a few weeks ago and Carl's familiar face will be greatly missed in the community.