Re­tire­ment beck­ons

Life­style change af­ter sale of hard­ware shop

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISING FEATURE - ❏ Erica Mur­ree

KEN and Pat Mc Col­ley are sad to be leav­ing Biggen­den but look­ing for­ward to an­other chap­ter in their lives.

They left New SouthWales to ar­rive in Biggen­den on Novem­ber 3, 2003, af­ter pur­chas­ing KB Ru­ral from Rod and Chris Kenyon.

As they­wanted to build up the hard­ware side of the busi­ness, the Mc Col­leys changed the store’s name to Biggen­den Hard­ware and Ru­ral Sup­plies.

The cou­ple said they had en­joyed their time in the town and made many friends.

They de­scribe Biggen­den as a friendly and loyal town.

Ken said the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple re­alised the im­por­tance of shop­ping lo­cally and keep­ing their busi­ness in the town.

While in Biggen­den the cou­ple sup­ported many char­i­ties and rugby league.

Be­ing strong rugby union buffs, the cou­ple switched codes while in Biggen­den and be­came Biggen­den-Warriors fans.

Pat re­mem­bers the bus trips to the North­ern District games fondly.

They said they would re­com- mend liv­ing in Biggen­den to any­one.

“It has all the fa­cil­i­ties and is close to ev­ery­where,” they said.

They are shift­ing to Toowoomba, where they will be closer to their chil­dren.

Ken is also fac­ing two knee re­place­ments, aweek apart, on Jan­uary 17.

“And af­ter I get back on my feet, it looks like our chil­dren have a few jobs lined up for me,” Ken said.

Son Aaron man­ages three prop­er­ties at St Ge­orge while daugh­ter Gwanta runs the Cal­tex Ser­vice Sta­tion and car deal­er­ship at Moree.

“I think there is talk of maybe spend­ing some time in spare parts there,” he said.

An­other son Sean is in Amer­ica teach­ing GPS op­er­a­tions for John Deere earth­mov­ing while Matthew is a busi­ness man­ager for an ac­count­ing firm in Toowoomba.

Pat said she was look­ing for­ward to be­ing a lady of leisure.

But then there are the grand­chil­dren to spoil.

The Mc Col­leys also have plans on do­ing some trav­el­ling and catch­ing up with some of the rel­a­tives.

Photo: Contributed

HAPPY RE­TIRE­MENT: Ken and Pat McCol­ley are head­ing to Toowoomba af­ter sell­ing their Biggen­den Hard­ware and Ru­ral Sup­plies busi­ness.

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