Time to ride off into the sunset
Welcome to Heaven cowboy, your entry fees are paid
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.
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.