Grace Leahy says farewell to her grandfather George Dobson at his funeral service.
Grace Leahy says farewell to her grandfather George Dobson at his funeral service. Chris Ison

Rocky mourns for George

CURIOSITY about the world is one of the hallmarks of a good teacher, and also of an adventurer.

George Montgomery Aroon Dobson was born with this virtue in good measure, but his life tragically ended with his yearning for adventure and his desire to return to his birthplace in India.

Mr Dobson was farewelled by friends and family at a funeral service on Saturday at Rockhampton's St Mary's Cathedral.

Mr Dobson died on October 9 in a New Delhi hospital from complications relating to spinal injuries he suffered from an accident more than two months ago.

Mr Dobson's daughter Liz Leahy said after everything that happened over the past six weeks since his accident, the family was now able to start the grieving process.

“It makes you realise just how important it is to cherish the ones you love, especially when accidents can happen at any time.”

His eldest sister Helen Arnott wrote the eulogy, spoken by Steven Kapernick, which reflected on his life and growing up in India.

Steven Kapernick reads the eulogy at George Dobson's funeral.Mr Dobson was born in Ratlam, central India, in 1944, the second of three children, and the only son.

Growing up in India, Ms Arnott said she and Mr Dobson would dodge the rickshaws, the mangy dogs, the beggars, cars and trucks, and run off to the bazaar for sweet treats.

Mr Dobson attended Woodstock International School, an American boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, and enjoyed the exciting train trips back home on school holidays where he would often share lunches with the monkeys who would climb into the compartments.

In 1957 when Mr Dobson was 13, the family moved back to North America where Mr Dobson continued his education.

In 1968, he felt the pull of India, packed his bags and set off by ship, to the far distant land.

However, it was his detour to Australia on this trip that set him on a path for a future with Therese, his loving wife for the next 38 years, and their children.

Their son Mark was born in 1972 followed by Matthew and Dan and daughter Liz.

Mr Dobson spent the majority of his teaching career as a special education teacher, at the Rockhampton Special School, but also worked at Rockhampton High School in the Special Education Unit and at Wadja Wadja High School in Woorabinda.

Ms Arnott said he had a rapport with kids with disabilities.



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