Hit and run victim went out a winner
JIM Murphy was everybody's mate - a bloke who was always good for a joke and a tip.
Horse racing was his passion and the Rockhampton City TAB Agency on George Street simply won't be the same without him.
Tragically the 76-year-old died after being struck by a car while he crossed the road outside the Brunswick Hotel on Archer Street, about 8.25pm last Saturday.
The car did not stop.
"My son rang me on Sunday morning and told me, I couldn't believe it,” said Darren Taylor, owner of the Rocky City and Glenmore TAB agencies.
"I was talking to Jim at the TAB late on Saturday afternoon - he was pretty happy because he'd backed the last winner at Caulfield.”
The horse was Grey Shadow and it paid $8.50 for the win.
"He's gone out a winner,” Darren said.
Darren said Jim was a regular at the TAB and he would be sadly missed by many.
"He'd pop in four or five times a day - have his bets and go and then come back again.
"He just loved a bet, he loved his racing, but you could have a conversation with him about racing or any sport - all of the staff loved him.
"He was always good for a joke and he was always good for a tip.
"It's just really sad.”
Darren's son Jordan, who manages the Rocky City TAB, said Jim was "just a very nice bloke”.
"We're devastated and a lot of the regulars I've spoken to are devastated he's gone,” Jordan said.
"He was a real omen punter.
"He always backed horses or greyhounds that had his name or anything like that.
"And he always backed (jockey) Jamie Mott in Victoria.
"He always did well backing Mott and I remember one day when he rode four winners, Jim backed them all and cleaned up.”
Darren said it had been a tough time for himself and TAB staff who were still coming to terms with the loss of another regular customer, Alvarez Broome, who died last Wednesday.
Mr Broome, 50, a community education counsellor at Glenmore State High School, suffered a heart attack at work.
Police are still investigating the hit and run accident in which Jim died.