Nino Mario 1937 & Dolores Ann 1936 - 2019 (born Russell)
Nino was born in Greenbushes in 1937 the eldest son of Luigi and Aurelia Tuia. The family lived in Balingup until 2 Sep 1939 when they moved to their property in Thomson’s Brook. Nino attended St Philomena School in Donnybrook where he excelled in anything to do with numbers. At the age of 14 Nino left school to help on the family farm. Life was a lot of hard work and within three months of leaving school he had planted his first crop of potatoes. He continued to grow potatoes for many years later. Working alongside his father and brother, they planted an orchard, milked cows and worked on the farm.
In 1980 Nino and Dolly sold the farm and moved into Bunbury. Life was still very busy, Nino spent many weekends on the water chasing those Dhu fish and was later honoured as a Life Member of the Bunbury and Districts Power Boat Club , Nino and Dolly were both involved in the palliative care program supporting others through difficult times. They continued to their work with the Catholic Church and contributed to the Bunbury parish in many ways, such as volunteering at St Vincent’s and participating regularly in church activities. Nino was a special minister and member of the finance committee. He helped with the renovation of the seating in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Bunbury and made 1500 crucifixes to raise money for the new cathedral.
They moved to Woodstock Retirement Village in Bunbury and quickly became active members of the community. Dolly passed away in 2019 and Nino continues to live at Woodstock.
- Kathleen 1958 –
- Peter 1960 –
- Russell 1962 –
- Murray 1964 –
- Cheryl 1966 –