Cheers to a son of the region
Family remembers Sonny
OBITUARY: Mundubbera local Oswald “Sonny” Carr recently passed away on Thursday, July 20 at the age of 67.
Born in the Mundubbera Hospital on January 17, 1950, Mr Oswald was a middle child of Ossie and Shirley Carr and had an older sister Lorraine Carlton and a younger brother Greg.
When Sonny was born, Lorraine took one look at him and said “I’m not calling him Oswald, I’m calling him Sonny”. From that day on, Sonny was his name.
Sonny’s parents moved to Wandoan when Sonny was three. There they owned a sheep and wheat property.
Sonny and his siblings attended the Wandoan State School. He was known as a great cricketer and football player. Sonny always had very fond memories of growing up in the Wandoan country and community.
At the age of 21 Sonny married his childhood sweetheart Gillian Jones. They were renowned as being a very good-looking couple who were terrific dancers. The pair had Danielle, Cindy, Hayley and identical twins Gavin and Shaun.
Unfortunately, the couple separated in the mid-1980s.
After finishing school, Sonny had worked on the family farm for a year, before working in the forestry and then on the Wuruma Dam project.
After Wuruma Dam was completed, Sonny worked at Telecom as a linesman for some 20 years. It was while working at Telecom that Sonny jumped off the back of the work ute while wearing his wedding ring, got it caught and lost a finger.
Back then there was no such thing as WorkCover and he was back at work again in no time at all. When Telecom started to unravel in the 90’s, Sonny decided to accept a redundancy and find another job. He then worked on the railway for a year and he claimed that it was the hottest job that he had ever had.
Sonny later had a relationship where he helped raise Jamie Darby from a very young age. Jamie was no different to any of Sonny’s other children to him.
In 1991, Sonny started working for the Golden Mile Orchard. When Grape Exchange bought into the Golden Mile he then moved to the grape side of the business.
His new employer now was Grape Exchange. He had different bosses over the years and he had great respect for them. He always spoke very highly of Mike, Anthony, and of course, Hans Elsaesser.
He often spoke about what a talented manager Hans was. He also thought very highly of his workmates there. By this time, Sonny was now 65 and heard about the big changes that were happening within the Costa Group.
His daughter Danielle and son-in-law Craig offered him employment with them at their citrus and grape property. Sonny then worked there for another year until his shoulders physically let him down.
He saw specialists about having a double shoulder reconstruction and they informed him that if he had this operation he would not be able to do physical work again. Sonny regretfully then retired at 66.
While it is a sad shock to have lost Sonny so suddenly, it is of some consolation that he died around the people he loved, in a place that he loved.
Sonny will be missed by his six children and their partners and his 14 grandchildren as well as his sister Lorraine and his brother Greg and families.
His friends and the community will miss seeing him daily up the top of town, waving from his carport to the passing traffic, and hearing his cheery “G’day”.
SO LONG: Sonny Carr was remembered for his infectious smile at a service last week.