Say­ing farewell to a town stal­wart

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY - SHARON SMALL­WOOD Ed­i­tor

IT WAS with great sad­ness that I wrote the trib­ute to Steve An­drew this week.

It seems like only yes­ter­day I was chat­ting to him out­side his Ocean View Av­enue home just days af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie had dec­i­mated it.

Steve was then, as al­ways, up­beat.

The story he told me – about how, even with his home in tat­ters, he had gone out to source gen­er­a­tor fuel and drink­able wa­ter for Dr Melissa McCann’s pop-up emer­gency clinic and vis­ited friends in need – made it to our De­fy­ing Deb­bie cy­clone trib­ute book.

Fa­mously pho­tographed in the act by Courier Mail pho­tog­ra­pher Liam Kidston, Steve ac­tu­ally be­came the face of Cy­clone Deb­bie around the world for a while.

To me it is there­fore some­what fit­ting that his story is for­ever fea­tured on the pages of a book from which pro­ceeds will be go­ing to help those still in need.

Steve was an Air­lie Beach icon who made vast con­tri­bu­tions to the local live mu­sic and sport­ing scenes and he em­bod­ied the sto­ries of de­fi­ance, hope and local he­roes our De­fy­ing Deb­bie book brings to life.

It is also fit­ting that this week­end, when Steve will be farewelled at the Sail­ing Club, is an­other large one for live mu­sic.

Hats off to Steve and to Whit­sun­day SES­sions.

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