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Gordon Neil RAWSTHORNE

Male 1916 - 2006  (89 years)


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  • Name Gordon Neil RAWSTHORNE 
    Born 29 Dec 1916  Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Certificates ? Death (82) 
    Photos? Grave (DCF1928), Grave (DSC_8556) 
    Died 11 Mar 2006  Three Tree Lodge, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried 14 Mar 2006  Lithgow Cemetery, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lawn Beam, Row B-18
    Notes 
    • OBITUARY

      Gordon Neil Rawsthorne
      29/12/1916- 11/3/2006

      Gordon Neil Rawsthorne was born on 29th December, 1916 in Forbes NSW. he lived for almost 65 years in Rabaul Street Lithgow, and entered hospital in January 2006 after a nasty fall in his home. In February 2006 he entered Three Tree Lodge, Lithgow, where he passed away in the early hours of 11th March - his son’s 70th birthday. He was intered in the Lawn section of Lithgow Cemetery on 14th March.

      He has 2 sons, Colin and Ron, 3 grandchildren David, Belinda and Darran, and 2 great-grandchildren Jacob and Juanita.

      The day before Gordon passed away he was told that his only granddaughter, Belinda, was 4 months pregnant, she told him weeks before she told her parents.

      Here is an edited version of Gordon Neil Rawsthorne's Eulogy (My grandfather) as written and spoken by me at his funeral..... David Rawsthorne

      Gordon Neil Rawsthorne, Neil to his friends and relatives, was born on 29 December 1916 in Forbes to Thomas Rawsthorne, and Agnes Rawsthorne, nee Collits.

      Neil was raised in the Eugowra area along with his brothers and sisters. During his childhood years, the family was heavily involved in the local area, working on the land, helping neighbours and relatives, and playing sports such as tennis and cricket. Neil met his future wife, Alba Moss, while working for the same employer, and they married in 1935. In 1936 they had their first child Ron, my father, in Eugowra, and 4 years later they moved to Lithgow where Neil began work in the Small Arms Factory. In 1946 they were graced with their second child, Colin.

      In about 1960 Neil was promoted to Foreman of the transport section, and at a later time he was given the added responsibility of the outdoor works
      section, which included the vast gardens and exterior of the Small Arms Factory. His early gardening talent can still be seen today, with many of the now established trees and gardens in the factory being planted under his watchful eye.

      Neil enjoyed caravanning and also fishing and camping, going on many fishing trips with his son Colin and grandson Darran, where all of the family
      enjoyed tales of their adventures upon their return.

      Neil had a unique gift of leaving a memorable impression on all whom he met, through his friendliness and approachable nature. He had a keen interest in people and enjoyed conversation. He always invested his time in people that he met.

      Neil particularly loved family occasions where there was an opportunity to reminisce about times gone by, and catch up with both family and friends.
      Frequent visits from his two Great Grandchildren Jacob and Juanita were always a highlight for him, and he always seemed to discover some coke and
      chocolate biscuits in the fridge for them.

      The life of all his family and friends has been made richer by the man that he was, and still is in our hearts.
    Person ID I50  The Rawsthorne Family Tree
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 

    Father Thomas Joseph RAWSTHORNE,   b. 26 Oct 1886, Carrawobitty Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jul 1959, Benamere, Parkes Road, Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Agnes Bridget COLLITS,   b. 06 Apr 1888, Bandon Station, Forbes, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1988, Lithgow District Hospital, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 24 Aug 1909  Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Family Alba Nellie MOSS,   b. 05 Jun 1916, Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 2000, Tanderra Nursing Home, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1935  Presbyterian Church, Cowra, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Ronald Gordon RAWSTHORNE
     2. Colin Edward RAWSTHORNE
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2015 
    Family ID F23  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    COLLITS, Agnes Bridget (RAWSTHORNE) and all of her children
    COLLITS, Agnes Bridget (RAWSTHORNE) and all of her children
    RAWSTHORNE, Gordon Neil & MOSS, Alba & RAWSTHORNE, David
    RAWSTHORNE, Gordon Neil & MOSS, Alba & RAWSTHORNE, David
    Alba and Neil with David, their first grandson

    Documents
    RAWSTHORNE, Gordon Neil
    RAWSTHORNE, Gordon Neil
    Service booklet for Gordon Neil RAWSTHORNE

    Headstones
    DSC_8556.JPG
    DSC_8556.JPG
    Plot: Lawn Beam, Row B-18

  • Sources 
    1. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      8392/1917, Forbes, NSW

    2. [S45] David RAWSTHORNE.

    3. [S260] Ryerson Index.
      Lithgow Mercury 14MAR2006

    4. [S79] From a Distant Field, Colin Field, Book: Version 3 (Self Published).

    5. [S221] New South Wales Births, Deaths & Marriages.
      Cowra, NSW, 1935-15217