Time to ride off into the sun­set

Wel­come to Heaven cow­boy, your en­try fees are paid

Isis Town and Country - - Life -

GREY clouds lin­gered over Childers last Fri­day morn­ing when the news spread of the death of Doug Schofield.

Pas­sion­ate about his com­mu­nity, there was noth­ing he didn’t get in­volved in.

His first love was for his fam­ily and es­pe­cially his wife Diane. They were mar­ried for more than 30 years.

To­gether, the happy cou­ple raised four chil­dren, Shane, Mark, Gary and Deb­bie. Doug was blessed with six grand­chil­dren, Amy, Madi­son, Ja­cob, An­gel, Kalani and Blake.

Not only was he a friend, he was a hus­band and a father, grand­fa­ther and he was their hero.

He ded­i­cated his life and love to Childers and Ap­ple Tree Creek. Doug was most at home out­doors with his beloved horses and coun­try life­style.

Har­vest af­ter har­vest and as the decades rolled on, Doug wore many hats and it’s highly pos­si­ble he was the pres­i­dent in ev­ery club, at one time or an­other.

Doug was de­scribed as a true gen­tle­man who would give the shirt off his own back.

Dou­glas Ed­win Schofield was born Oc­to­ber 9, 1939. He grew up and went to school in Roma.

Doug’s work­ing life be­gan at the age of 14 work­ing on his un­cle’s cat­tle sta­tion called Taun­ton, and later went drov­ing cat­tle through­out Queens­land and New South Wales.

While work­ing at Eun­gella dam trans­port­ing pro­duce he met the love of his life, a young bar­maid named Diane.

Af­ter a cou­ple of moves around the district, Ag­nes­vale Sta­tion be­came their home for al­most 30 years.

Doug’s love of com­mu­nity prompted him to lead nu­mer­ous com­mit­tees and as­so­ci­a­tions in the role of pres­i­dent.

Doug’s com­mit­ment was recog­nised by the Isis res­i­dents when he was elected as a mem­ber of the Isis Shire coun­cil hold­ing this po­si­tion un­til amal­ga­ma­tion with Bund­aberg.

In 2014, he was recog­nised by the res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity when he was nom­i­nated and re­ceived the Aus­tralian Ci­ti­zen of the Year Award.

Doug had a love of life, horses, fam­ily, friends and rodeo.

Doug’s death will mark the end of an era of a true Aus­tralian coun­try cow­boy.

The fu­neral will be held at Ap­ple Tree Creek Rodeo Grounds at 3pm Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 25.

The fam­ily would like to in­vite any­one who knew and loved him to cel­e­brate his life.

They also ask, any cow­boys or ringers to wear their hats in his hon­our.

PHOTO: BRIT­TANY COOK

Childers res­i­dent, Doug Schofield was pre­sented with a tro­phy of recog­ni­tion for his con­tri­bu­tion and fundrais­ing ef­forts on be­half of the Bund­aberg Re­gion Crime Stop­pers Com­mit­tee.

HORSE LOVER: Doug Schofield was heav­ily in­volved in the Childers com­mu­nity and was known for his ef­forts in putting to­gether the town show.

COUN­TRY LIFE: Doug Schofield en­joys morn­ing tea at Kape’s Cen­tro in Childers.

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