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TROY Mackay was a very pri­vate man and while many peo­ple knew and loved him, only a priv­i­leged few knew ev­ery­thing that made him tick.

Life part­ner and fi­ancee Jas­mine Walker speaks of a hard worker, an avid fish­er­man and a de­voted com­pan­ion and dad.

This is how she, their five chil­dren and one grand­child will al­ways re­mem­ber the 42year-old whose life was trag­i­cally cut short last week.

Troy had gone out on a sim­ple fish­ing trip to the Whit­sun­day is­lands with friends but didn’t re­turn.

It’s thought the 29-foot cruiser the men were aboard hit rocks on the south­ern end of Teague Is­land in the early hours of the morn­ing last Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 17.

But Jas­mine said if tragedy had to strike, Troy would have wanted things the way they were.

“Troy would be grate­ful for the way that it hap­pened and that it wasn’t one of the young fel­las,” she said.

“They don’t have fam­i­lies yet – they haven’t done that – it’s the out­come he would have wanted. He was a re­ally car­ing guy.”

Troy was a form-set carpen- ter by trade but branched out into many busi­ness streams in­clud­ing con­cret­ing, fenc­ing and the im­port busi­ness.

“He was a very busy man and a very in­tel­li­gent man,” Jas­mine said.

“In fact, he’d been work­ing so hard lately on so many dif­fer­ent things.”

The fish­ing trip last week was a lit­tle bit of re­lax­ation in the midst of such a full sched­ule of work and a pas­time Troy “ab­so­lutely loved”.

Troy and Jas­mine be­came en­gaged nine years ago and, she joked, “the deal was we’d get mar­ried when I bought him a boat”.

“But by the time I’d bought him a boat, I was over it,” she laughed.

Say­ing all of Troy’s hard work was about cre­at­ing a fu­ture for their fam­ily, Jas­mine noted, “he did ev­ery­thing for his kids”.

“And he would also do any­thing for any­body,” she said.

“If some­one needed some­thing he’d al­ways be there to help.”

A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, next Tues­day, March 1, at 10am and ev­ery­one who knew Troy is wel­come to at­tend.

AT PEACE: Fish­ing was Troy's re­lax­ation.

Pho­tos: Con­trib­uted

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