Small towns in mourning

RESPECTED MAN: Tony Douglas was riding in Rutherglen about 7pm Sunday when he crashed.

THE Barnawartha community is mourning the death of Tony Douglas, who died in a crash on the Murray Valley Highway on Sunday evening.

Mr Douglas, 48, died after police said he tried to overtake a four-wheel-drive on his motorbike when the vehicles collided.He leaves behind his wife Alex and sons Mark, Gary and Andrew.

A well-known personality in the Tallangatta and District Football League, Mr Douglas served as the Barnawartha Football Club’s umpires co-ordinator, winning the umpire of the year award for season 2016.

He was behind a push to have the first female umpires to officiate a game in fourth grade earlier this year.

Mr Douglas was also a member for the CFA.

Barnawartha Football Club president Chris Pierce said he was an excellent club man.

“Tony was very good to our club. If he wasn’t umpiring he’d be working the gate, or doing whatever job needed to be done,” he said.

“His boys haven’t played here for a few years but he’s hung around, he’s a great person to have at the club.He was a fun-loving, family-orientated guy, loved his fishing and golf. He’d do anything for you, he got along well with everyone.”

MISSED: Rosemary White lost her battle to recover from critical injuries suffered during a crash near her Edi home.

Meanwhile,75-year-old Rosemary Whitelost her battle on the weekend to recover from injuries sustained in a car crash six days earlier.

The remarkable life of the Edi Upper woman covered everything from a respected career as a teacher, to a large and loving family, to a reputation as a matchmaker.

One of her eight children, Basil, was driving on the night when he lost control and crashed into the tree. He died at the scene.

The youngest of Mrs White’s eight children, Julie Kennedy, describedher mum as “dearly loved by everyone, greatly admired, incredibly strong and a devoted mother”.

“She has such a kind and caring heart – so selfless, generous and always giving to others –and she saw the good in everyone,”Mrs Kennedy said.

“She was one-of-a-kind woman that was cherished by everyone she met.

“She would strike up a conversation with anyone and had a smile that would light up the room.”

TRAGEDY: Basil White was the driver when he and mother Rosemary crashed into a tree last weekend.

Mrs White and husbandDavid had five boys and three girls and she would eventually become affectionately known as “Nanny Moo”to the couple’s 19 grandchildren.

Fruit pickers in the King Valley would have known her as the woman who organised their employment and picked them up in her van, while tennis players knew her reputation as a player who could confuse opponents with devastating spin shots.

Mrs Kennedy said her mother had a wicked sense of humour and always had a story that would make you laugh.

“She acted as the local matchmaker also and had great delight when things worked out well,”she said. “She will be dearly missed by everyone, she is now resting peaceful with Basil.”

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