Queensland journalist Gary 'Thommo' Thompson signs off
FORMER Queensland journalist Gary Colin Thompson, "Thommo/Gazza", died on November 19 at his Noosa home, surrounded by loved ones.
Born in Monto, Queensland on March 26, 1952, Gary lived and worked throughout Central and SE Qld and was well respected and loved among his colleagues.
Gary grew up on the Coast and went to high school at Noosa district, where he excelled in both athletics and in studies.
He loved to surf his favourite break at Noosa's "Johnsons".
He joined the Royal Australian Air Force and spent six years in Victoria.
After military service, he moved back to Noosa and married his high school sweetheart Annie.
They moved to Toowoomba and district and had four children. He was a cameraman with Channel 10 reporting all over Queensland.
They then moved to Gladstone and he worked as newspaper journalist.
He had a great love for the written word.
After the couple's separation, Annie moved back to the Coast with the children.
The family remained close and Gary was considered a true family man.
In 1997, he moved back to the Coast and worked for the Sunshine Coast Daily in 1997 where he met Kezza.
He then went back to Gladstone until 2009 before moving back to the Coast to be nearer the children and grandchildren and Kezza.
"Gary was a kind hearted and incredibly generous man who would do anything for anyone; a man who saw truly the best in everyone; a man who loved the solitude of road trips and camping,'' a tribute from his family said.
"He would do his best thinking when waiting for his billy to boil.
"His laughter and cracking sense of humour would warm and enrich your soul and make you feel a million dollars.''
His pastimes included drinking cold beer and backing slow horses after an early morning surf. He would finish the day with a big cook-up and more XXXX Bitter.
Forever the incredibly over the top gift giver, he would never disappoint but always surprise!
He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on November 19, 2015, aged 63.
He is survived by his four children Joshua, Luke, Yasmin and Katy and his two grandchildren Bella and Chloe.
Family and friends are invited to attend his Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church Tewantin on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10am.