Ex- coun­cil­lor dies af­ter hos­pi­tal fall ac­ci­dent

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Noel Wil­son ‘‘ We just don’t know who to blame.’’

Queens­land Health is­sued the Townsville Bul­letin a state­ment yes­ter­day.

I t r e a d : ‘ ‘ Q u e e n s l a n d Health is pro­hib­ited by law from com­ment­ing on the med­i­cal de­tails of an in­di­vid­ual pa­tient with­out their or their fam­ily’s ex­press con­sent. In this case, we do not have con­sent to com­ment."

Ms Rogers said her mother has been hit hard­est af­ter be­ing his pri­mary carer for the past 15 years fol­low­ing a battle with di­a­betes.

‘‘ Mum was to­tally de­voted to him,’’ she said.

‘‘ Af­ter he lost his leg to di­a­betes they were in­sep­a­ra­ble. He was so de­voted to his g r a nd­chil d r e n, he l o v e d hear­ing about their sport and school work. He’ll be deeply missed by ev­ery­one; the phones haven’t stopped ring­ing with peo­ple send­ing their con­do­lences.’’

Ms Rogers said his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the coun­cil made him stand­out in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘ It didn’t mat­ter what poli t i c a l p e r s uasi o n p e o p l e were, what sub­urb they were from, he had time for ev­ery­one. Peo­ple would call at 2am and he’d talk to them, he’d al­ways get some­thing sorted out if he thought some­thing was right thing to do. I think that was why he was so pop­u­lar. We all loved him so much, Townsville will miss h i m h e ’ s b e e n s u c h a le­gend.’’

For­mer Townsville City Coun­cil Mayor Tony Mooney said Mr Wil­son’s com­mit­ment to the city was enor­mous. ‘‘ Dur­ing his time in coun­cil he was in­volved in many com­mit­tees and had a heavy in­volve­ment in plan­ning and wa­ter,’’ he said. ‘‘ He was a true cham­pion of the bat­tlers he al­ways stood up for the res­i­dents of Townsville and his con­tri­bu­tion was right across the board.’’

T o wn s v i l l e May o r L e s Tyrell said Noel Wil­son had been a per­sonal friend and his pass­ing was sad for the city.

Mr Wil­son is sur­vived by his wife, four chil­dren and seven grand­chil­dren.

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