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Peter Gilmore. Photo supplied

The communities of Byron and Ballina shires lost a much loved local on Tuesday May 17, when Peter Gilmore passed away peacefully in Lismore Base Hospital, nine months after being diagnosed with cancer.

He was surrounded by his wife Michelle, and sons Blake, Clinton and Zac. 

Pete grew up in Gosford where he made lifelong friends who shared his love of water sports (including sailing), football and cricket. 

In 1976, nineteen-year-old Pete arrived at Tyagarah during a recession. After applying unsuccessfully for 55 jobs, he travelled up and down the coast with mates, surfing and hunting for waves. 

Finally, he found work at FJ Walkers, the abattoir in the Bay, then had a stint working in the bananas. He got a start in the building industry at I&M Timbers in Byron, and then on to Sarwoods, where he continued to work for over 35 years, becoming a highly respected employee and well-known member of the local building industry. 

Many among us will recall Pete’s boisterous laughter as he worked to provide info about timber requirements and costs for homes and renovation projects, right across the region.

In the early ’80s, Pete settled in Lennox Head, where he raised his three boys. Peter loved camping, fishing, and boating – he loved his tinny Thrillmore, camping trips to Woody Head, and the family’s annual Australia Day tradition of ‘Nobbs at Mobbs’, when all the clan would gather with every boat they owned, plus food, beer and bubbles, trying to catch some fish and dislodge the kids off their towring joyrides.

He loved his cricket, and with Zac playing for Far North Coast, they travelled all over the State. 

Much loved by his wife Michelle, sons Blake, Clint, Zac, daughter-in-law Katerina, granddaughters Angela and Madelyn, parents Dave and Maggie, and siblings Sue, Carol, Danny, Jess and Ben. Pete will be greatly missed by his blanket of family and great mates.

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