Vale Bethanga publicans Gary Paxton and Kate Middleton

We are very saddened to hear news from Bethanga that hotel publicans Gary Paxton and Kate Middleton have passed away.

In early 2019, Gary became the new owner of the Bethanga Hotel, and quickly endeared himself to the Bethanga community. He was also well known for his geniality with hotel patrons at the many other hotels he managed in Albury-Wodonga and Melbourne during his career. In late 2020, Gary and his partner, Bridget, purchased the Granya Hotel to operate as a hotel and farm stay, and Gary’s sister, Kate, became the new owner of the Bethanga Hotel.

Like her brother, Kate was equally well-liked as the new friendly face of the Bethanga Hotel, running the premises along with her son, Daniel, and daughter, Molly.

On 12 September 2022, Gary sadly passed away suddenly and peacefully at home in Granya.

Tragically, only two weeks later, on 28 September 2022, Kate also passed away suddenly.

The SR500 Club committee wishes to express our sincere condolences to Bridget, Daniel, Molly, and the Paxton and Middleton families at this very sad time.

Please note that the Bethanga Hotel is now closed indefinitely.