HIS smile and pleasant hello is ever-ready to cheer up your day but, sadly, Emerald is to lose the much-loved Bishop Alf.
Bishop Alf is soon to retire from his role at St Luke's church and will move with his wife Nola to Springsure where Nola works as a nurse in the hospital.
Having lived in Emerald for nearly eight years, Bishop Alf described the community as generous and friendly and said he would be sad to say goodbye.
"We've had good times in Emerald," he said.
"I've been given respect and a part to play in the community.
"I've enjoyed being involved in the RSL and Anzac, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans days.
"I've enjoyed doing the work in the schools with religious education. Working with teachers and students has been a real big part of my work."
Bishop Alf is retiring with his 70th birthday just around the corner which he is looking forward to celebrating with family.
Bishop Alf and Nola have five children who were all born in Kenya during the 35 years he spent ministering there.
During that time he was ordained as a bishop and said he experienced many things, including eating the intestines of a goat which was considered a delicacy for men.
"I've enjoyed working at St Luke's," he said.
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