Mt Perry remembers Clive Wallace
MOUNT Perry man Clive Wallace has been remembered fondly by a shocked Mount Perry community after his sudden death on August 14.
Daughter Julie Opperman paid tribute to her dad.
"Dad was a family loving, hard working and proud community-minded man,” Mrs Opperman said.
"He had a heart of gold and would help anyone out, more than willing to stop and help either in the way of a chat or physically.
"Dad touched many people in his life, but none more than us; Mum, us four kids and his 11 grandkids.”
Division five councillor John Bowen said Mr Wallace was a local legend.
"I could just say that he's a legend out on his own, especially for what he's done for the community,” Mr Bowen said.
"He's just going to be so sadly missed in Mount Perry.
"He has worked on the Show Society for 40-odd years and on the rodeo and campdraft committees.
"He used to chop wood for people around the community; he's just a real legend.
"It's hard to describe, just to me he was such a legend.”
Mr Bowen said there were a number of things he would miss about Mr Wallace.
"I think I'll miss seeing him at every different function,” Mr Bowen said.
"You went to the art show, he was there, the truck pull, he was there.
"Every event you went to he was there helping, that is what everyone will miss about him. I don't know if anyone can fill his footsteps, it will be very hard.”
In May, Mr Wallace was honoured with the Special Recognition Award at the North Burnett Volunteer Awards for his decades-long volunteer work.
"I don't know how you would describe the feeling of being recognised for it,” Mr Wallace said at the time.
"You don't look for awards really but it is a rewarding feeling to be appreciated that this.”
Mr Wallace was among a number of residents from across the region who was nominated for their continued support of their communities.
Mr Wallace was nominated for his decades-long service to the Mt Perry Show and races.
"I was chief steward at the Mt Perry Show and now I am an assistant at the races and help clean up around the place,” Mr Wallace said.
"I've been doing volunteer work since I left school; my parents used to be in the association.”
"It's the Australian way to help out a mate but it is a volunteer's heart that makes a difference in the community.”
Mr Wallace died after having a heart attack when he was burning grass.
He was 71 and is survived by his wife, four children and 11 grandchildren.