Glen with the Hon. Bronwyn Bishop MP 6 August 2013 at the Gold Coast
It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Glen Franklin, good friend and co-founder of ARPQ (Associated Residential Parks Queensland Inc.). Glen passed away suddenly on Wednesday 9 August 2017. In writing this memorial to Glen I realised that I had only known Glen since 2012 when we met at a function in Brisbane for home owners living in residential parks. Glen had contacted me a couple of days before the function and we agreed to meet because we shared the same concern for residential parks home owners. That said, I now feel that I have known Glen forever.
The result of our meeting set the stage for the founding of ARPQ. It quickly became obvious that Glen had great marketing talents, he just seemed to be everywhere organising meetings with various people of influence. He also made contact with home owners in many of the residential parks in South East Queensland. He was also responsible for organising expos in many parks and seemed to produce sponsors out of thin air although I knew he worked damn hard for ARPQ and its members.
Glen did tell me once that he did have a heart and lung problem but this never slowed him down.
Glen also organised a conference in Sydney for interstate home owner associations. This took place on 9 April 2013 at the Sydney Airport in a QANTAS Conference room at the Sydney Airport.
We had delegates form all States except Tasmania. The connections with the various state delegates still remain today.
During 2013/4 we would meet at central station in Brisbane and meet with executives of the Department of Housing and Public Works. Glen would travel from the Gold Coast and I from Burpengary then we would make our way to our favourite coffee shop in the City before attending our meetings. After the meetings, we would catch a cab to Roma Street Station, have lunch, make further plans then head off home.
In 2015, Glen and his dear wife decide to return to NSW and settled at Yamba. I spoke with Glen by phone just over two months ago and as expected, Glen was back to his bowling and various activities that always drove him. Many were as saddened by Glen’s passing as I but I will never forget him as a close friend and his efforts to work for a better deal for all home owners in residential parks.
Rest in peace old mate.