WOODBRIDGE neighbours gathered on the banks of the Swan River on Tuesday to scatter the ashes of their friend Margaret Hobson.
The former Harper Street resident and her dog Buddy were well known to locals for their twice-daily walks to Woodbridge Riverside Park and weekly delivery of Echo News.
With no family currently located in Perth, Margaret’s neighbours came together to give her a send off worthy of a local legend.
Margaret’s neighbour Nathanael Ditchburn, who is also a celebrant, conducted Margaret’s memorial before paddling out into the Swan River to scatter her ashes.
“Margaret loved this area and walked Buddy twice a day, everyday, alongside the river, here in Woodbridge,” he said.
“She loved the environment, the wetlands, the bird life, the light on the water.
“I’m sure you all have fond memories of Margaret, she truly was a thread in connecting people in this community.
“Her love of animals, particularly dogs, resulted in many newfound friendships and long-lasting bonds between pets and their owners.”
Margaret worked around Australia as a nurse in several remote locations such as Fitzroy Crossing, Derby, Broome and the Victorian Alps.
In later life, she settled in Woodbridge and took a few casual positions waitressing in Midland where she also delivered the local newspaper.
“Her daily rituals included long morning and afternoon walks with Buddy through Ray Marshall Park along the river to this place where she would often stop to sit a while with a mandarin for herself and a swim for Buddy,” Margaret’s friend Carol Astbury said.
“Margaret could often be found sitting on the bench beneath the tree watching the glorious sunset and light on the water, which she loved.
“She also enjoyed regular trips to Willing Café in Guildford for a coffee and the chance to pick up the Saturday’s West TV page; plus a weekly visit to the ice-cream shop for a treat for herself and Buddy.”
She was described by memorial attendees as “part of the fabric of Woodbridge” and a candle was lit in her honour.
Margaret’s mother died three years ago at the age of 101 and her older half-sister died a year before that just before her 80th birthday.
She is survived by her younger brother, John and her older half-brother David.
By Claire Ottaviano