Vale:  Alwyn Weston

Thomas Alwyn Weston (Alwyn) 29 April 1946 to 4 August 2015

Thomas Alwyn Weston (Alwyn)
29 April 1946 to 4 August 2015

Thomas Alwyn Weston was born on the 28 April 1946.  He was the second of three children born to Roy and Gwen Weston – Shirley the eldest Maurice the youngest.

Alwyn attended the Lacey’s Creek State School.  It was one of a number of one teacher schools in the Dayboro district. There were 5 pupils in his class of a total school enrolment of 18.  From State School he went to boarding school at the Gatton Agricultural College, as quite a number of country boys did.  He says adjusting to a school of 1200 was quite overawing.  While he was at Gatton he joined the College School Cadets.

He came back from school to work on the family farm at Lacey’s Creek.  Farming was not Alwyn’s chosen profession. He really would have preferred to be working with larger machinery.

During his late teens and early twenties Alwyn was a member of the Dayboro Rural Youth Club.  He took his turn as club Chairman as well as other positions.  The sense of community learned then, stayed with him for the remainder of his life. Through the social activities of this organisation he met Margaret Bryce and they married in 1972.  He and Margaret loved to dance.  They have danced their way around all the local halls at the balls and dances most Friday and Saturday nights.

Alwyn was actively involved in a number of community groups:

  • He was President of the Dayboro P & C during the time his two sons attended school.
  • He was made a Life member of the Dayboro Show Society (having held the position of Chief Cattle Steward in the society for fifteen years).
  • He was a member and secretary of the local branch of the QDO (Qld Dairy Farmers.)
  • He has held the position of Treasurer in the Dayboro War Memorial Assn.
  • He was a member of the steering committee for the Dayboro Swimming Club
  • He was a Firefighter and then Secretary of the Dayboro & District Rural Fire Brigade (This membership spans at least 40 years). In 2010 he was awarded The National Medal for Service.

Alwyn was hard working, trustworthy, never complained, and would do anything to help family, friends and his local community.  No job was too big or hard.  He was a Jack of all trades . . and even master at some.  Alwyn was always willing to help a neighbouring farmer.  Many times he would ferry people and clear logs on flooded causeways on his tractor.

The dairy farm at Lacey’s Creek was one big family, Alwyn and Margaret, sons Stephen and Chris, Alwyn’s brother Maurice and wife Joy, their 4 children – Darren, Cameron, Phillip and Joshua – and Alwyn’s parents all lived on the farm.

Alwyn’s nieces and nephews would spend holidays on the farm.  Riding horses and bikes, rounding up cattle, or trying to find a cow and calf – failing most of the time only to have Alwyn find them in 5 minutes on the horse.

Some family holidays were spent at Bundaberg Water Skiing with Margaret’s brother.  Alwyn liked skiing so much he bought a small underpowered boat and joined Lake Kurwongbah Water Skiing Club.  He would ski between milking cows in the mornings and afternoon.

The year 2004 was not a good one for Alwyn – he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.  With the treatment he received, his physical ability diminished, and he made the decision to sell his share of the farm and retire.  Thus began the next chapter of Alwyn’s and Margaret’s life, travelling and more family time with a little fire-fighting thrown in.  Together they travelled overseas.  But Alwyn was happiest exploring Australia with Margaret in their 4×4 and caravan.  He particularly enjoyed exploring outback Australia and the Ultimate Kimberley Cruise aboard True North.  Alwyn’s easy going and friendly nature would form many new friendships along the way.  He was so pleased he had made the effort.

Alwyn and Margaret have two sons, Stephen and Chris. Stephen and his wife Wendy have a daughter Caitlin who was Alwyn’s first Granddaughter.  When Chris and wife Sue presented them with second Granddaughter, Isabelle, his hugs just grew wider around both little girls.

Alwyn was a quiet achiever, greeted people with a cheery smile, firm simple handshake and a kiss

for the girls.  He was many things – a friend, a farmer, a helper, a fixer, a fire-fighter, one to get his hands dirty and do the hard work without complaint, a brother, Uncle, a husband and a father – to us he was all of those things but one so important –  the man called Alwyn was a Dad.

Alwyn’s family wish to sincerely thank everyone for the many cards, emails, phone calls, support and your presence at his service.  It gave us strength and comfort on the day when we realised that he had touched so many lives.                       *

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