Tony Hodgon as people will remember him on his favourite bike.
Tony Hodgon as people will remember him on his favourite bike.

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THREE weeks after local business owner Tony Hodgon was told he had terminal cancer and 18 months to live, he was dead of a heart attack.

His daughter Kaycee Hodgon said the news his cancer was terminal came as a shock, but for him to die so soon afterwards (March 26) was a terrible blow to her family.

Tony, who owned A1 Exhausts and Mechanical on William Street in Rockhampton, was hard hit by the diagnosis, she said.

“His attitude was I’m going to whip it (when he was told he had oesophagus cancer). When they told him it was terminal, that destroyed him.”

On Saturday Tony, who was just 48, was farewelled at a ceremony at the Rockhampton Crematorium.

Kaycee followed the hearse with a procession of bikers on her father’s pride and joy, a Triumph Rocket 111.

She recalled with pride that she lost track after counting 80 bikers following the hearse.

She spoke at the ceremony recalling how she called him “daddy darling”. The wake was held at O’Dowd’s.

Kaycee said while many people knew him as a member of the Twin Valley Motorcycle Club, he also founded the Postie Owners Group.

She said the group rode modified “postie” motorbikes, such as the Honda CT 110 or jokingly the “Hardly a Harley”, which appealed to her father’s sense of humour.

The group raised money for Vietnam War veterans.

Kaycee said it was just one of the fundraising activities he organised.

Others included a “poker run” of pubs to raise money for the Rockhampton Special School.

Born in Brisbane, he spent most of his life in Moura.

He also spent 10 years working as a miner in Moranbah with the last 13 spent in Rocky.

Kaycee said her father had a big personality and people who talked to him wanted to be involved in what he was doing.

She said he lived life to the full and there was “never a dull moment”.

He is survived by daughters Kaycee and Peta , and wife Janette Hodgon.



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