JIM WEBBER is faring well after his first round of chemotherapy.
The former Rockhampton mayor is being treated in the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital after being diagnosed with lymphoma on the brain.
Son Doug said he seemed to be coping well after the chemo on Tuesday.
"I have been talking to him every day and he has been in excellent spirits," he said yesterday. "He sounds good and mum (Stella) said he has been eating well."
Jim is expected to spend the next six months in hospital, having chemo fortnightly.
Doctors have to closely monitor his heart, which is functioning at only 30%.
Doug visited his dad last weekend, delivering messages of support from the local community.
"He's got some lovely messages," Doug said. "There's been some really beautiful words and prayers from the people of Rockhampton."
Jim was a three-term mayor of Rockhampton and served as a councillor for more than 20 years.
He quickly established a reputation as a fair and honest politician. Those same traits saw him succeed in business, with the electrical retail store he opened in 1968 continuing to thrive today under Doug's management.