Queensland P76 Owners Club Inc. 2015
Memorial Day 17th May, 2015
- Today a number of club members were able to celebrate the life of Joe Torony (Founding member of the Leyland P76 Clubs in Australia and NZ).
- Lynn (Joes partner) and the families, community of Toogoolawah Queensland and interstate guests mingelled and talked about Joe's life, the legacy and how the farm is going to miss him.
- Joe sudden death took us all by surprise.
- Paul and Sue from the NSW club (also founding member) drove up from Sydney to represented the NSW club. Paul and family have also had a long friendship with Joe's family.
- Thanks to Darryl, Barbie, Reg, Nev, Travis and Adrian for being there.
All but Barbie (Qld club members)
- Following are some emails and photos of the service.
Group photo with Joes grandson at the controls.
Paul and "Joe's brother' Rolland
Joe Torony's untimely passing and his Memorial Gathering .....
- Hello my dear friends.
- You will all realise how difficult this email is for me to type but it is something that must be done. :}
- Most of you know about Joe's fall down the back steps at home resulting in his passing after 2 weeks in ICU at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and for those of you who don't know I apologise for the insensitive way you will be finding out.
- I have been to the funeral director and Joe will not be having a formal funeral but will be cremated and Max (Joe's grandson and our boarder) and I, with help from Joe's girls, Michelle and Allison and Joe's brother Roland, will be having a Memorial Gathering on the front lawn of Joe's farm on:
- Sunday, 17th May 2015 from 10.00 am onwards.
- I'll clean up a few chairs, make a few sandwiches, put out the good coffee cups and we'll have a yarn about the old days. If you are around the SE corner of Queensland on that day, please drop in and help me eat the sandwiches! and I really do understand if you just can't make it.
- I have trawled through Joe's little Macbook Pro for your email addresses. I will have some wrong and they will bounce but I hope to get to everyone before 17th May.
- I have put a message on the dreaded Facebook site (Lynn Dickson) and hope this messages reaches people whose emails I do not have.
- I have also managed to make the the deadline for a notice of Joe's death and Memorial Gathering in our local paper, The Somerset, for publication on Wed 6th May 2015 and the following week's publication.
- And a special message for my wonderfully supportive brothers, Walter, Dallas and Neil (Steve is overseas), I thank you all and sorry I haven't written to you individually but the task is just getting beyond me.
- Love to you all
- and keep safe.
- Lynn Dickson
- 170 Mt Beppo Road
- Toogoolawah Qld 4313
Leyland P76 Owners Club of WA
- It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Joe Torony.
- Joe is considered to be the father of the P76 club movement, being the driving force behind the starting of the first P76 club, the NSW Owners Club back in 1981. He was of course that clubs first President, serving for a number of years before handing over the reins.
- In the late 80's he relocated to QLD with his beloved Spanish Olive Super and fell off the P76 club radar.
- Luckily for us, contact was re-established a few years back and culminated in Joe being one of the key note speakers at the P76 40th celebrations in Canberra in 2013.
- I know Joe enjoyed enormously attending this event, and was humbled by the reception he received.
- He will be sadly missed, and our condolences go to his family.
Joe and Grandson at Toogoolawah School
Joe's early days
Vale Joe Torony - NSW magazine May/June
by Paul Patten