OBITUARY Fam­ily man loved his fish­ing

Shepparton News - Country News - - COBRAM HORSE TRIALS -

Fam­ily mem­bers have re­mem­bered Waaia and Katunga man Percy Moore, 69, as a cheeky, talk­a­tive and fam­ily-ori­en­tated man fol­low­ing his death in a car ac­ci­dent ear­lier this month.

He died in a two-car col­li­sion on Echuca-Mooroopna Rd, Mooroopna on Septem­ber 1.

Percy Robert Moore was born on June 16, 1948 to Les­lie (de­ceased) and Nancy Moore of Swan Hill.

In 1955, the Moore fam­ily moved to Waaia and Mr Moore at­tended Waaia Pri­mary School with his sib­lings Bruce, Ge­off, Malcolm, Mar­lene and Leonie.

‘‘Mum’s mem­o­ries of Percy were find­ing him asleep with our favourite cow Daisy and when he fell out of the yel­low Dodge, com­ing up Pretty Sally on a fam­ily trip to Mel­bourne,’’ his sis­ter Mar­lene said.

Af­ter leav­ing school, Mr Moore worked a num­ber of jobs around Waaia in­clud­ing as a farm hand, orchard hand and shear­ing.

In 1971, he mar­ried Kaye Free­man and went share­farm­ing in Un­dera, Nathalia and Nu­murkah be­fore they bought their own dairy farm in Katunga.

‘‘As a child on the farm I can re­mem­ber Dad ask­ing his dog to get his shoes,’’ his daugh­ter Amanda Threlfall said.

‘‘The dog would go off and come back with only one shoe to which Dad would then ask for the other, and the dog would go off again.’’

Mr Moore had sev­eral loves in his life — fish­ing, his dogs and his fam­ily.

‘‘Dad al­ways had a great love for his Labrador dogs, they went ev­ery­where with him and were usu­ally not far from his side,’’ Mrs Threlfall.

‘‘First there was Rusty, then Mimi, So­phie and Roxy, all great dogs, all bring­ing great joy to Dad.

‘‘Dad al­ways had a glass of port with his meal and he could talk the leg off an iron horse.’’

In the late 1990s, Mr Moore for a short while moved back to the fam­ily farm in Waaia be­fore set­tling in Shep­par­ton.

‘‘He was ‘Mr Fix It’, he loved to tin­ker and make things for his grand­kids Will, 9, Max, 7 and Jorge, 5,’’ his daugh­ter Jac­inta McLean said.

‘‘We al­ways knew when Dad had ar­rived at our house as the kids would come run­ning through the house, ex­cit­edly yelling, at the top of their voices ‘poppy’s here, poppy’s here’.’’

In re­tire­ment, Mr Moore spent his time fish­ing on the Mur­ray River, at Waranga Basin or Lake Eil­don with cod, redfin and yel­low belly be­ing his favourite catch.

On the day he died, Mr Moore had spent time at his grand­chil­dren’s school in Leon­gatha, en­joy­ing a Fa­ther’s Day breakfast with them.

‘‘He left happy and with a smile on his face . . . at the end he was just our Dad, we loved him, and he’s go­ing to be dearly missed,’’ Mrs McLean said.

Mr Moore was re­mem­bered at a grave­side ser­vice at Nu­murkah Lawn Ceme­tery last Wed­nes­day, fol­lowed by a wake at the Shamrock Ho­tel in Nu­murkah.

Fam­ily man . . . Percy Moore with his grand­chil­dren Will, Max and Jorge, who meant the world to him.

Big catch . . . Percy Moore with a huge Mur­ray cod he caught in his younger years.

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