Lifestyle change after sale of hardware shop
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.
HAPPY RETIREMENT: Ken and Pat McColley are heading to Toowoomba after selling their Biggenden Hardware and Rural Supplies business.