IN HONOUR: The extended Townsend family came together on Saturday for the memorial bench unveiling for the late David Townsend.
IN HONOUR: The extended Townsend family came together on Saturday for the memorial bench unveiling for the late David Townsend. Keith Barnett

Community and family honour Townsend legacy

STANTHORPE'S golf community paid respect to one of their own on Saturday during a ceremony and memorial seat unveiling.

David Townsend tragically passed away following a car accident in 2016. His family and friends came together on the weekend to celebrate his life and thank the golf club for the commemoration.

He was born in Stanthorpe in 1933 and raised in Glen Aplin.

In 1951 he joined the Army, before marrying the love of his life Carma, five years later.

Together they had four children - Ian, Helen, Jenny and Peter.

Stanthorpe Golf Club's Neta Thouard said David was an inspiration, not just to his own family, but the wider community.

"We will all remember David for his qualities as a man, golfer and friend - his integrity, positivity, kindness, initiative and preparedness to have a go are an inspiration to us,” she said.

"He was a spiritual man and we hope he is up there looking down with pride.”

David was a patron and president of Stanthorpe Sports and Country Club, president of the Stanthorpe Golf Club, part of the management team at the Stanthorpe Bowls Club and someone who'd spend hours volunteering on the course.

"He was an icon at our club.

"Long before taking up golf he was an avid tennis player, soccer player and bowler (along with his much-loved wife Carma).

" But he'd often say that he left it far too late to take up the best sport of all - and that was golf.

"I believe he was in his 60's before he started playing and he was more than just a handy

golfer.”

A lot of love and thought went into the memorial seat and where it is now situated.

"It was expertly crafted by Bill Golding, who very generously donated his time and skill.

"I have to mention he was ably assisted by Bill Pyne and Keith Jones.

"The timber was donated by myself and milled by David Williams. It will overlook one of David's favourite views - the fifth fairway to the clubhouse and the mountains beyond - for the next 100 years at least,” Neta said.

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