Death of Lae Chamber's McLay

THE Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Alan McLay died on the night of January 3 at Angau Memorial Hospital.
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Alan McLay

Staff Reporter

He was 72 years old. McLay's wife, Nellie, said her husband had suffered a long illness.
She said her husband first came to Papua New Guinea as a cadet patrol officer, sent by the Australian government in 1964, and was posted to Pomio in East New Britain.
"His work as a patrol officer or kiap led him to take other postings to Wakunai in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Kerowagi and Sinasina in Chimbu and Madang, between the early 1960s and late 1970s," The National newspaper quoted Mrs McLay.
She said McLay was a close friend of former Morobe Premier Jerry Nalau. Both men were instrumental in shaping Morobe into what it is today and they also contributed to the nation, she said.
Born in Victoria, Australia, on January 16, 1945, McLay died 13 days before his 73rd birthday. Between 1981 and 1985, he was deputy commissioner in Morobe under commissioner Nalau.
He was heavily involved with the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry for more than 10 years, until his death.
Apart from wife Nellie, McLay is survived by his son Alistair and daughter Kathryn.
Nellie said McLay became ill on the last week of October but she decided not to take him overseas for treatment.
"I made the decision for him to seek medication here because he could not walk properly and was not strong enough to go abroad," she said.
Nalau said McLay was his brother for more than 40 years.
"We have been working together and I used to call him my white brother," he told The National.
Australian high commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis said McLay had made a tremendous contribution to the Australia-PNG bilateral relationship, over many years.
"His dedication and active engagement served to strengthen the important business, cultural and people-to-people links between our two countries," Davis told the Post Courier newspaper.
The high commission said that McLay served as the Australian honorary consul in Lae from 2013 to 2017, and subsequently as a consular warden, provided outstanding service as a representative of the Australian government, assisting Australians in need and strengthening the connections and friendships between Australia and Papua New Guinea.
"As president of the Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr McLay made a significant contribution to the expansion of economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.
"During the annual Australia Week program of activities, Mr McLay played a central role through organising highly successful events in Lae," the high commission said.



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