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Vale Tony Fountain: “has gavel, will travel”

By Lyndsey Douglas

Tony Fountain, as you may be aware, passed away last weekend after suffering a stroke at the age of 72. There are many tributes to Tony on websites such as Ray White’s Whiteboard and Beef Central.

Tony had a big impact on the progress of Ray White Rural and Livestock in the early 2000’s particularly in Central Queensland. He was the Principal of Ray White Rural (Rockhampton) and was instrumental in setting up our websites and developing our online marketing experience. Who can forget the website slogan “No Bull”!

He was passionate about using the internet to service clients. Some would say he was almost ‘ahead of his time’. Tony was one of the greatest auctioneers in Australia and we at Ray White were fortunate to have had his services Australia wide. One of his claims to fame is he conducted Ray White’s first ever auctions in Indonesia with our fledgling business there. He was a great story teller (shades of Ray himself). At one auction in Central QLD, that he was conducting, the bidding had stalled and Russell Wolff had come back into the auction room to ask the Vendor to go with him to continue negotiations.

Meanwhile, Tony was half way through a very amusing story and in a loud voice the vendor said to Russell “I’m going to stay here until Tony finishes the story”. Russell had to sit and wait.

Tony’s great love of Rural Australia is shown by his never ending support of the Shorthorn and Santa breeds as well as the Australian Quarter and Stock Horse Societies.

Tony could be summed up in his slogan “have gavel will travel”. He will be sadly missed by all of us who knew him.

– Paul White, Stephen Nell and the Ray White Rural Corporate Team

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