Dr Allcock was ?one of a kind
By JULIA ILES
WHEN Dr Edward (Ted) Allcock went to Taloumbi Station to inquire about purchasing some Angus beef cattle, little did the Maclean GP know that he would meet his future wife.
"It sort of started from there, we got on very well, and him and my son Alec instantly liked each other," Rosemary Waugh, who married him at her family's historic homestead on November 28, 1978, said.
"The years we had together were wonderful, and it was all just meant to be, fate I suppose. I guess I won't have those times anymore."
Dr Allcock died last week after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. On Saturday a funeral service was held at St James Anglican Church Maclean, with a burial service at Taloumbi Gardens following.
"He was fond of politics, but what he believed in most was that young people need to study or else get as many tickets (certificates) as they can to do things in the workforce."
Despite being in the last stages of cancer, up until 10 weeks ago the 86-year-old master surgeon would make home GP visits if the situation was urgent.
"He was a man of the people, he loved people, whenever he saw them he would call out and show an interest in them," she said.
His life is a testament to what can be achieved when human potential is harnessed, he has seven university degrees, an Order of Australia Medal, was a Fellow of the Royal College of Australian Surgeons and this year's Lower Clarence Citizen of the Year.
Originally from Leicestershire, England, he was survived by four children and one stepson, Alison, Stephen and Jonathon Allcock, Catherine McNabb and Alec Waugh.
He first saw Australia during the war and took up residence in 1956.
Dr Allcock had planned his funeral meticulously, his wife said. He had left written instructions about everything including where it was to be and who was to take it.
The church service was taken by Rev Angela Dutton it closed with Louie Armstrong's What a wonderful world sung by Caitlin McNabb, while the Taloumbi Gardens service was conducted by Rev Kenneth MacLeod.
The two sets of pallbearers, one for each service, represented different spectrums of the community that were important to him.
At St James Anglican the pallbearers were his son Stephen, his step son Alec, Member for Page Ian Causley, Peter McCallum ? a beef cattle farmer, Derek Alden ? a friend and accountant and Dr David Townend a Lismore surgeon.
While at Taloumbi Gardens they were Allen Johnson from the fishing industry, Wally Casson whose family had worked on Taloumbi Station since 1870, Ian Braund the former manager of the CSR Harwood sugar mill, Bob McPherson and Peter Smith, both from the Maclean Scottish society.
"Everything went according to the plan and I think he would have liked it."