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PERCY ROBERT MOORE WILL BE RE­MEM­BERED AS A MAN WHO LOVED FISH­ING, HIS DOGS AND FAM­ILY

Shepparton News - - FRONT PAGE - By Hay­den Thom­son

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 af­ter his ve­hi­cle col­lided with a car con­tain­ing two Ger­man back­pack­ers on Echu­caMooroopna Rd, Mooroopna, on Septem­ber 1.

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

In 1955, the Moore fam­ily moved to Waaia where Percy at­tended Waaia Pri­mary School and lived 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, Percy worked a num­ber of jobs around Waaia, in­clud­ing work­ing as a farm­hand, or­chard hand and shear­ing.

In 1971, he mar­ried Kaye Free­man and went share farm­ing 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.’’

Percy had sev­eral loves in life, he loved 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 said.

‘‘First there was Rusty, then

HE WAS MR FIX IT, HE LOVED TO TINKER AND MAKE THINGS FOR HIS GRAND­KIDS. — JAC­INTA MCLEAN

Mimi, So­phie and Roxy, all great dogs, all bring­ing great joy to Dad.’’

In the late 1990s, Percy moved on in life, and 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, Percy spent his time fish­ing on the Mur­ray River, at Waranga Basin or Lake Eil­don with cod, redfin and yel­low­belly be­ing his favourite catches.

On the morn­ing of his death Percy had spent the day at his grand­chil­dren’s school in Lan­caster, 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.

● Percy will be re­mem­bered at a grave­side ser­vice at Nu­murkah Lawn Ceme­tery on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 20, at 11 am. His wake will be at the Sham­rock Ho­tel, Nu­murkah, the same day, fol­low­ing his burial.

Big catch: (BE­LOW RIGHT) Percy Moore with a huge Mur­ray cod he caught in his younger years.

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

On the river: (ABOVE) Percy Moore pic­tured with his dog Mimi do­ing what he loved most — fish­ing.

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