Jim McRae loses cancer battle

JIM McRae, former mayor of Rockhampton and a long serving city councillor, died in the early hours of this morning.

Mr McRae, 66, was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer which was diagnosed only in late March.

His family said today that he was taken to the intensive care ward at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday after contracting an infection.

The campaigning ex-councillor, who was beaten by just a few hundred votes in the race to be mayor of the newly amalgamated Rockhampton Regional Council in 2008, survived emergency brain surgery to remove a tumour on March 24 and was told just a few days later that he had cancer.

Known as Gentleman Jim, he served a total of 18 years as a councillor and one four-year term as mayor. He also worked at the Rockhampton-based radio station 4RO for 32 years.

He leaves a wife, Pat.

The Morning Bulletin will publish a tribute to Mr McRae in tomorrow’s edition and welcomes comments.



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