Final goodbye to Neale ‘Wombat’ Dunphy
A SEA of yellow overflowed St Joseph's Cathedral yesterday as family and friends of well known rural firefighter Neale Michael Dunphy said their final goodbyes.
An army of Rural Firefighters and Queensland Fire and Rescue crewman could be seen from a block away as people spilled out onto the steps of the Cathedral, indicating just how many people Neale, known as Wombat by his fellow firefighters, touched in his time.
He was a well known rural firefighter who worked in the Rockhampton and Gogango area for 40 years after first starting out at age 13.
Fellow firefighters have described him as "cluey, helpful and irreplaceable."
Neale sadly passed away on Saturday, November 7 at age 54.