|Notes for Frances Nicholas JURATOWITCH|
|Francis Nicholas Juratowitch was born in Korumburra on the 22nd June 1913 to Arthur Juratowitch and Frances Juratowitch (Gannon). He had 2 sisters and 1 brother. Monica Mary better known as Molly, Eveline Therese better known as Bub and Arthur Vincent known as Boy.|
Francis Nicholas (Dad), ran the Great Southern Advocate with his father Arthur. He also took a keen interest in the local football club and was secretary for a time.He was also a wonderful pianist, playing both classical and popular songs He played with a number of dance bands prior to a during W.W. 2. The piano he played was originally owned by his Gannon Aunties, dated 1911. It was later given to Frank and is now in the home of his daughter Teen.
Frank married Kathleen Pini on the 2nd September 1944, at St Augustine catholic Church Bourke Street Melbourne . They were unable to have children of their own so adopted two children the first being Peter Michael born 30th March 1949, and Kathleen Mary born 25th March 1953 (better known as Teen).
In 1931 Frank was a delegate for the Korumburra Football Club
1939 Korumburra joined the Central Gippsland Football League and Frank was elected President of the Korumburra Football Club.He remained with the club for many years and still played a major roll in the running of the club till 1946.
A note written in the Korumburra Football Club History said " On a sad note the "Advocate " newspaper closed down due to the illness of Frank Juratowitch. To use a pun Frank had a "great advocate" for the club and the township".
In September 1946 Frank was on the committee to discuss whether Korumburra was to become a Borough or stay a Shire. The scheme was shelved because of lack of interest.
Frank's health began to fail because of asthma a long time before the decision was taken to close the Advocate. Kath's feeling was that it had to be the newspaper to go as it was far too much for Frank's health to cope with. the final issue was in December 1959. For a while Frank did a little reporting for a Gannon cousin in nearby Leongatha (most of the Gannons were in the business) and Kath found a Government job. from then on it was a case of watching him go slowly downhill and for the last 10 years he was barely mobile.
Francis Nicholas Juratowitch died in January aged 62.
Obituary of Francis Nicholas Juratowitch printed in the Korumburra Times on the 8 Jan 1976.
Mr Frank Juratowitch, 62, a member of a well known Korumburra and Gippsland newspaper family, passed away in the Korumburra Hospital on Sunday.
He had been ill for many years.
Mr Juratowitch's grandfather, the late Mr Malachy Gannon, owned The Great Southern Advocate, when it was published at Bena in 1889. It later moved into Korumburra and continued an unbroken line of service to the town and district until it ceased publication on Christmas Eve, 1959.
A forthright crusading journalist, Mr Juratowitch gave freely of his time and newspaper space for the benefit of the town and district it served
The Advocate was very much a vital tool in the building of the Korumburra town and district, through the pioneering coal era to the establishment of the importance of agriculture.
Mr Juratowitch was born in Korumburra and outside his business life he was recognised throughout the district as an excellent classical pianist.
He was a member of quite a few popular district dance bands prior to and immediately following the Second World War.
He was intensely interested in the affairs of the Korumburra Football club as was his father before him, and served a time as secretary of the club.
He is survived by his wife, son Peter of Warragul and daughter Teen (Mrs Merv Prosser, Bena) to whom sympathy is extended.
Requiem mass was celebrated at St Joseph's Church, Korumburra on Tuesday morning prior to the funeral to the Korumburra Lawn Cemetery.
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