Premier Northern Rivers trainer, turf club stalwart, dead at 67



FORMER premier Northern Rivers trainer and vice president of Lismore Turf Club, Neville Farmer, 67, died suddenly in his sleep on Wednesday night.

Farmer, who trained for more than 40 years, mostly at Casino, won numerous Northern Rivers premierships, particularly in the 1970s.

He won virtually every cup race on the Northern Rivers and led in numerous winners on Brisbane tracks with horses such as Swift Phantom, Big Seas, Schultz and Grey Tax.

In 1979 he left Casino and trained a small team from a farm at McKee's Hill before retiring in 1993 to live at Goonellabah.

Six years ago he was elected to the committee of Lismore Turf Club and was vice president for the last two years.

"His expertise was invaluable and he worked very hard to see this club grow," Lismore Turf Club president, Ron Marriott, said.

"The importance of having Neville's experience on the committee can never be over estimated.

Neville Farmer is survived by his wife Shirley and three daughters, Debbie, Alison and Deidre.

The funeral will be held at St Carthage's Roman Catholic Roman Cathedral, Lismore on Monday at 11am.



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