SAD LOSS: Gympie loses a living legend
GYMPIE has lost a living legend with the passing of photographer David "Croz" Crossley.
Mr Crossley, 85, died peacefully at home on Sunday morning, surrounded by his family.
A former crop and dairy farmer at Kia Ora, where he and a share farmer produced beans, tomatoes, zucchinis and milk, Mr Crossley previously grew crops and wool in NSW.
He sold the Kia Ora property in 1984 and moved to Gympie where he was an insurance broker for 10 years before starting his own video and music production studio, combining all that with photography.
Born in Sydney, he grew up near Yass on a sheep property and studied at Yanco Agricultural College from 1947 to 1951, going on to manage a sheep property and becoming a sheep judge and wool classer.
Always active in the community, he joined Junior Farmers and rose to become a state director.
Never a passenger, he joined Yass Show Society and built its poultry pavilion, and joined the St Clements Tennis Club and built its courts and club- house.
He bought his own farm in 1958 and grew seeds for Yates, as well as sweet corn for canning company Edgell.
He became a director of his regional irrigation board and was a charter member of his local Lions club before moving north where he soon became involved in community groups and organisations, serving on the Kia Ora P&C and as president of the Gympie Special School Committee soon after it first opened.
He was also a charter member of Cooloola Rotary Club and a member and past president of the Gympie Lions Club.
He was president of the Gold Rush Committee for two extended terms - the first time for six years and the second time for four years - and was heavily involved in Roadcraft.
He established Crossley Studios in Mary St, initially offering video production services and hiring out his PA system for balls and the early days of the Muster.
In the early 1990s he became involved in running a modelling school and in the mid-90s began contributing his photographs to The Gympie Times, spending most weekends attending events both private and public.
His wife Maxine died in 2005.
Mr Crossley is survived by his children Merryn, Megan and Brendan.
His funeral service will be held in the Cooloola Coast Crematorium Chapel, 236 Brisbane Rd, Gympie, at 2pm on Thursday.