Tales from the menswear store

MEMORIES: John Dunne showing off an old-fashion shirt in Kevin Khazen's menswear store.
MEMORIES: John Dunne showing off an old-fashion shirt in Kevin Khazen's menswear store. Michael Doyle

FROM strong coffee to tailoring, John Dunne has learnt a lot from Kevin Khazen.

The pair are first cousins and Mr Dunne has returned to the menswear store to be a part of its closing down sale.

Mr Dunne learnt his trade in the famous Dalby shop, before venturing out on his own in the late 1970s.

Dealing with strong coffee and unsuccessfully trying to sell more raffle tickets was just part of working with 'Kev'.

"I think he is the epitome of menswear in Dalby,” Mr Dunne said.

"He started with a needle and thread and he built his business with that needle and thread.”

Mr Dunne recalled many experiences working in the menswear store, especially the impact his cousin had on the community.

"The word generous is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Kev,” he said.

"This generosity extended right through the community from different clubs and fundraisers.

"He was always a prime seller of the Lions Christmas cakes and he use to sell raffle tickets when he was part of the Apex club.

"Him and I would try and sell more raffle tickets than each other and I never got close to him.”

It is the memories of hard work and Mr Khazen's community-orientated attitude which Mr Dunne said will stay with him.

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