LOVING couple, Bill and Pauline Thomas, had been a part of the Wangaratta community for decades.
Bill, a modest livestock transporter, could often be seen at the Wangaratta Saleyards with a smoke hanging from his mouth chatting to a farmer, leaning on his cattle truck.
He would have just dropped off some cattle for the weekly sale, but he always had time to talk to his customer – a local farmer who he usually called a friend.
A good, decent, down to earth Aussie bloke is how friends and those in the local livestock industry describe him.
Pauline had worked in the kitchen at Northeast Health Wangaratta for many years and will be remembered with “affection and respect”.
She more recently used her food knowhow at her job at Treats Coffee Shop in the Wangaratta Post Office Arcade for 18 months and was described as a “private person” who was “lovely to customers”.
Her volunteer role at Wangaratta’s St Vincent’s de Paul also signified her willingness to help out in the community.
Bill, who was in his 60s, took pride in his job – a family tradition transporting livestock across the region.
The Thomas family was well known across Wangaratta – five generations going back 160 years.
Pauline (nee Coonan) and Bill were both from families of nine children.
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