DAB hand at be­ing nice

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FEEDBACK -

WITH the pass­ing of Peter Cul­ley, pres­i­dent of the Dou­glas Arts Base, the com­mu­nity has lost a lead­ing fig­ure in the arts world, a ded­i­cated teacher, and a thor­oughly good bloke.

He was a gen­tle, charm­ing man who saw the good in most peo­ple and never lost his rag.

Once, ex­as­per­ated by a coun­cil of­fi­cial’s com­plete in­abil­ity to com­pre­hend a mat­ter of arts pol­icy, he got as near to swear­ing as he found pos­si­ble.

“That wo­man,” he man­aged, “that wo­man, she’s ... she’s ... aw­ful.”

As a young man he’d been an ace Aus­tralian Rules foot­baller, crick­eter and, in later years, an ex­tremely good golfer. And I mean good.

He car­ried these ac­com­plish­ments lightly as he did his rare abil­ity to teach his beloved art. His stu­dents at DAB adored him. For them he was a fine teacher, friend and a sym­pa­thetic lis­tener. He will be sadly missed by us all. As has been said of other fine folk when they’ve passed away - when they made him, they broke the mould.

Photo by MAR­TINE COTTON

Dearly missed: DAB pres­i­dent Peter Cul­ley

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