It was a sad moment for Ken Bourke’s family and his many friends in the Tuross Head community when Ken passed away on the 29th December 2014.
He was much involved with the local community and was president of our Veteran’s Golf Club for 11 years. Friends and members remember the dedication and work he put into the organisation to make it the success it is now.
Visitors and members who attended the inter club golf days of the FSCVGA at Tuross, our regular gala days, Christmas in July and December parties, were all appreciative of the work that Ken and his wife Joy put into organising the functions.
Possibly however, we will remember him for his dry wit he used as MC at the fun filled presentations following the weekly Wednesday morning nine hole competitions.
Many members were targets of his good natured and well deserved “Mr. Meany” fine sessions.
Ken was born in Goulburn in 1926, grew up in the Sydney suburb of Auburn, was educated at Marist Brothers, Lidcome, enlisted in the army when he was 18, met his future wife Joy at a tennis game, married and moved to Glenbrook in the Blue Mountains.
Here he was a busy father to Michael and Jane with the family expanding with the later additions of Kate and John.
He was involved with his church, school, sporting teams and was always there to help in building, coaching and supporting the community in some way.
Ken and Joy moved to Tuross Head in 1980 after retirement to what was their little piece of paradise. Here he continued his involvement in community activities with a focus on golfing interests but also helping to build the town pathways, helping save the iconic Tuross Norfolk pines and enjoying singing with the local Tuross Head Country Club Singers.
Ken was respected throughout his life as people recognised his leadership qualities and his easy going generous nature.
He was a wonderful husband to Joy, a good father to his children, Pop to his grandchildren and Great Pop to his recently born great grandson.
All of his family and his many friends in the golfing community will miss him dearly.