Coffs Coast WWII veteran dies at 100
ONE of the last World War II veterans in Australia has passed away in Coffs Harbour this week.
Bill Owers passed away 'comfortable in his bed, surrounded by people that adored him were thankful for his life and his service', the Coffs Hotel announced on Facebook on Tuesday.
Close friend and Coffs Hotel owner Marty Phillips described Mr Owers as 'a really good bloke'.
The pair forged a close friendship with Mr Owers a regular customer over the last decade.
"He was one of those fellas you had a lot of respect for," Mr Phillips said.
Hundreds of people left tributes on the post thanking the 100 year old veteran for his service with the Australian Army.
Mr Owers enlisted in the Australian Army at 25-years-old and served his country domestically and abroad in the Middle East and Papua New Guinea.
In January, Mr Owers celebrated his 100th birthday at the Coffs Hotel in the company of friends from the Coffs Coast and around Australia.
A tribute piece will feature in this Saturday's edition of The Advocate.