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Malcolm Dadd. Photo supplied
Malcolm Dadd. Photo supplied

Much-loved Byron identity Malcolm Dadd died last week.

Known for his patisserie Jenny Cake, its origins began with his baby son Marlo playing around his and his then- partner’s Jenny Abraham’s feet and baking cakes in their Byron Bay home.

That led to distributing them to local restaurants, people’s homes and businesses.

It wan’t long before this evolved into the renowned patisserie Jenny Cake in the centre of town, located under the balcony on the Lawson Street roundabout.

Health issues meant that Malcom had to retire early in 2004 and focus on his health.

After a 12-month wait he received a liver transplant and had the opportunity for another ten years.

Recognising that life is for the living, when his son Marlo turned 18, he and his ‘China Plate’ mate, partner Jenny Laws, embarked on nine months travel skiing in Canada and visiting his favourite surf spots along the coast Spain, Portugal and France.

Those extra ten years gave him not only the chance to see his own son grown but to meet and know his two beautiful grandchildren.

‘His time ran out last weekend,’ said partner Jenny Laws.

‘He ran out of steam after a short illness. With the amazing support of Silver Chain palliative care and the dedication of his longtime GP Dr Jim Hounslow, Mal was able to pass away peacefully at home.’

Suffolk Park Hotel wake

Not one for funerals or any fuss, Mal requested a private cremation but has asked that all his friends and family come and celebrate his life and theirs at his local Suffolk Park Hotel Friday August 18 from 3pm onwards.


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