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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 23 2008
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 24, 2008 NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Hubby her support base ZILKA GROGAN Father of the Year nominee Robert Thomas Sutton, of Concord. WHAT woman wouldn't love to be married to a man who is gifted in the kitchen. Not surprisingly, Kathren Sutton is impressed with her hus- band's latest hobby -- Bob has developed a passion for cooking. ''He loves to do everything from scratch,'' Mrs Sutton said. ''He makes casseroles and cakes. He's always up to a challenge.'' Mrs Sutton nominated her hus- band for the Inner-West Weekly 2008 NSW Community Father of the Year award and he is now in the running for some impressive prizes. She said her husband had been her support base when their son, John, died suddenly in 2001. ''He just gives me a reason to get up every day,'' she said. ''He's my support team.'' Mr Sutton, 53, works as an office manager with RailCorp. The couple, who live in Con- cord, will celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary today. Mrs Sutton said her husband understood the importance of be- ing a 24-hour parent and had raised John to be a well-liked and responsible young man. ''Even though he is not a physi- cal dad any more, he will always proudly be dad to our late son,'' Mrs Sutton said. Joe touched a lot of lives JOE Calandra was well known in his quiet corner of Summer Hill. He could often be found walking the streets with his labrador, Oscar (pictured), smiling and waving at his neighbours as he went. This much-loved member of the community died after he suffered a heart attack on June 20. Mr Calandra, who was 58, had all the characteristics of a Father of the Year nominee. His daughter, Rosa Djuricin, said her father was a friendly, jovial man who lived each day as it came. ''He really just enjoyed today and he really didn't think about tomorrow. The little things didn't bother him,'' she said. Having migrated from Italy at the age of 18, he lived in Australia for 40 years. He was happily married to his wife, Angela, for 32 years and they had three children -- Anthony, 31, Dominic Calandra, 30, and Rosa, 28.He even acted as a second father to a family across the street, who lost their dad at a young age. Mrs Djuricin said she hoped her father's death could teach others how to live. ''It doesn't hurt to say hello to someone and it doesn't hurt to be a bit giving,'' she said. ''My father really touched a lot of people's lives.'' There's heaps of goodies up for grabs THE Inner-West Weekly,a Cumberland/Courier newspaper, in association with The Shepherd Centre, is searching for an out- standing father to be recognised as the 2008 NSW Community Father of the Year. This paper's finalist will re- ceive family passes to Sea World on the Gold Coast, Oceanworld Manly, Canterbury Ice Rink, a Perfume Connection Mini per- fume package, Sony CDs, Penguin books, Meguiar's Car Products including leather protectorate and car guide book and double passes to Village Cinemas. He will then be in the running to be the 2008 NSW Community Father of the Year and win a Harvey Norman home entertain- ment prize worth $5000 and a Perfume Connection maxi per- fume package. Send nominations to Father of the Year, Inner-West Weekly, 142 Macquarie St, Parramatta, 2150 or nominate at www.fatherofthe year.com.au. Nominations close on August 4. Conditions apply. (For full terms and conditions visit www.innerwestweekly. com.au) 2001461K SUNDAY 27 JULY
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