Owen Stanley Pulford, late of King Street Inverell and formerly of Grafton and Cootamundra was born on January 30, 1943 at Miles in Queensland to grazier parents Norman and Sylvia Pulford of "Sylvia Leigh" Roach Creek.
Owen's education began with correspondence school at the family property before attending Wandoan State School. Finally he moved on to Toowoomba Grammar School where he resided as a boarding student.
Owen was blessed with two daughters Lisa and Megan. Both girls enriched Owen's life with five grandchildren, Mitchell, Eloise, Amber, Sophia and Matthew. He was a very proud father and grandfather.
Owen had several fulfilling careers over the years; oil conservation in NSW and QLD, head steward at numerous hotels across New Zealand, head ganger on NSW state rail authority, proprietor of a fuel depot, full time driver at Grafton Radio Cabs and finally in 1990 Owen moved to Inverell after purchasing a taxi.
During this time he was an owner/operator and also served as the president of Inverell Radio Cabs for many years. Owen's association with Inverell Radio Cabs led to the meeting of his future wife Mary.
During this time a friendship struck that grew into a wonderful relationship. Two years later they were married on August 5, 2000 at Pioneer Village Inverell.
Owen's hobbies included reading which he was a keen reader especially enjoying Tom Clancy novels and sudoku puzzles which he did with great enthusiasm.
He enjoyed watching the NRL and was a beloved Canterbury Bulldogs supporter. During the State of Origin he would vocally support the Queensland Maroons which in turn a debate would ensue between him and Mary as a NSW Blues follower.
His main hobbies were camping and fishing. His favourite spots were Copeton, Pindari and Glenlyon Dams. Many fish were caught and lost, and always a laugh along the way.
True to form Owen was renowned for his larrikin sense of humour and his long winded stories. He enjoyed life to the fullest all of the time.
Over 10 years ago unfortunately Owen was diagnosed with emphysema. During this time he battled this debilitating condition with courage and dignity.
He peacefully passed away on Thursday, August 15 2019 at 7.10am in the Inverell District Hospital, with his devoted and loving wife Mary by his bedside.
Owen is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Lisa and Megan, grandchildren Mitchell, Eloise, Amber, Sophia and Matthew, sister and brother in law Norma and Brian, brother and sister in law Wayne and Lyn, father and mother in law John and Gail, sister and brother in law Christie and Scott, nephews Dom and Isaac and all of their extended families.