Heart of gold remembered
IT WASN'T always an easy life for Diane Tory.
She had her fair share of challenges, but throughout it all she found joy in life's simple pleasures.
Diane adored her family and she did her best to help out those in need through fundraising and especially through her volunteer work at Wooli's Camp Quality.
Born in Maclean Hospital on June 21, 1952, Diane died suddenly at home in Lawrence only a few days after returning from a family holiday to celebrate her 61st birthday, leaving behind her husband of 40 years Gerald Tory, her daughter Melissa Gaddes, and three sons Anthony, Christopher and Jason.
Her husband Gerald remembers Diane as a very loving and caring person.
"Diane had a heart of gold ... she was a homely person and loved her children and her grandkids," Gerald said.
"She was never too frightened to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty ... Diane was a hard worker and always gave to others.
"She had a hard life in the early days and she was just starting to enjoy life and travel."
Remembering when he met Diane, Gerald said he fell in love with her instantly.
"I first met Diane at a dance at Copmanhurst. When the dance was over she went home and just outside of Copmanhurst she was involved in a car accident," he said.
"I nursed her at the scene of the accident until the ambulance arrived."
Soon after Gerald went to Sydney to work, but returned a year later when he finally caught up with Diane again.
"I was pretty keen on her and she was playing hard to get... I was so persistent she gave up trying to avoid me and we started dating each other," he said.
"It was May 1972. I was madly in love with her and in June that year I asked her to marry me."
Gerald and Diane were married on September 30, 1972 in the Church of England at Maclean.
They settled in Lawrence.
"As we were a young couple the bets were put on in my family and it was said that our marriage would only last 12 months. Our marriage had its moments and we had to work hard through them to make it work," Gerald said.
"On the 30th of September, 2012 we celebrated 40 years of marriage.
"We proved them wrong and what a great feeling ... our love for each other grew stronger and stronger every day.
"After many years of hard work we were just starting the next chapter in our lives travelling abroad; we have ventured to places like Fiji, New Zealand, China and the most recent trip by ship to the South Pacific.
Last year for our 40th wedding anniversary we had our first cruise in the South Pacific and only a week before she died, another cruise to celebrate Melissa's 40th birthday, Diane's 61st birthday, and Brinley's 13th birthday. She had a ball.
"Diane unexpectedly passed away at home ... this has left our hearts broken and she will be sadly missed by all."