BULLI, New South Wales, Australia — Dr. Owen Kenneth Davies lost his five-year battle with Lymphoma Christmas morning 2014, at his home in Bulli, New South Wales, Australia.
Owen was born and raised in Newcastle, New South Wales, and attended schools there, then trained as a teacher.
Throughout the years, he held many positions in the education field, from teaching grade school students to principal and later in administration, becoming a school inspector, doing school evaluations, quality assurance and curriculum. He retired in 2003 but continued his work teaching post-graduate courses at the University of Wollongong. At the University, he was both student and teacher. He completed two master’s degrees and completed his PhD at the University of Nebraska in 1991. Wherever he went, he made lifelong friends with his charm, wit, optimism and love of life.
Having been an avid player and fan of rugby league, Owen loved spending time keeping himself fit, running, swimming in the ocean, exercising and golfing. He most recently enjoyed giving time to his “second home,” the Sandon Point Surf Lifesaving Club as nipper manage, patrolling member, secretary and president.
In 1991, Owen married Tracy Wilbeck at Thabor Lutheran Church, Wausa, and they have made their home in Bulli, Australia, since that time.
He is the father of Anne-Maree and Tony, from his previous marriage, and Ashlynn, 15, Brianna, 13 and Cosette, 9, his and Tracy’s daughters. Other survivors include, six grandchildren and Tracy’s parents, Warren and Corlynn Wilbeck, rural Hartington.
He was preceded in death by his son, Tony, in 2012 from Melanoma.