Mates farewell Shaun
IT WAS a mates' tribute to the late Shaun Kelly, when several of his closest friends gathered to share a yarn and a beer to celebrate his life on Saturday night.
A perfectionist on the golf course who was blessed with a dry wit and loved a laugh, Mr Kelly's life was cut tragically short in a car crash last week, prompting messages of tribute to his family, friends and co-workers.
Two of his best mates, Steve "Keno" Allwood, and Steve "Dozer" Anderson were among a small group of friends who got together on Saturday to remember him.
They said they were considering starting a memorial golf day in Shaun's honour.
Mr Allwood said the group of between eight and 12 mates would spend most weekends on the course, sharing a laugh and friendly competition.
He said on the first golf trip, when Shaun had recently taken a job at Queensland Rugby League, he organised tickets for the group to watch the grand final.
He said: "He'd organised everything, and booked flights and a hotel for us all so it was all sorted.
"We all thought with the new job that the tickets were complementary, until a couple of weeks before we were meant to leave he told us that we each owed him $190 for the tickets."
Mr Anderson said: "On these trips, when a few mates who are around 40 or 50 get together - the average age of all the blokes drops to about a 12-year-old.
"Shaun was always the guy who still acted like an adult - he was the voice of reason."
"We had a jacket that said on the back 'Tick, Tock, I won the Clock', that whoever did the worst on the day before, he had to wear it - all in good fun.
"Of course, the first day we started the jacket, Shaun won it.
"But all jokes aside, he will truly never be forgotten."