Currimundi pays tribute to tireless Cliff Hargreaves
THE Currimundi community has paid tribute a "true gentleman" and a "wonderful man".
Cliff Hargreaves died after a brief illness aged 87.
Dozens shared their sadness at Cliff's death on the Daily's Facebook page where followers said there were too few who would give to the community the way Cliff did.
"The assistance he gave to amputees was beyond amazing," Tania Burton said.
"Don't let his passions die with him.
"Volunteer to make a difference where you can."
Jacinta Hateley said Cliff's dedication to keeping Lake Currimundi tidy was without comparison.
"There should be more people like Cliff in the world," she said.
"He literally did it nearly everyday for the past year I knew him."
The thoughts of many were with Cliff's loved ones.
"(He was) such a beautiful man who gave so much," Jennifer Nichols said.
"He will be missed."
Tributes to Cliff
Jenny Lane: "Such sad news. Such a lovely man that lived, loved and cared for his Currimundi community and coast. He will be sadly missed.. RIP Cliff... xx"
Barbara Pullin: "God Bless Cliff and may you RIP."
Tracy Bange: "Cliff, your friendly smiling face and kind and generous spirit will be greatly missed from the neighbourhood (and the lake every afternoon)."
Lauren Marsh: "That's sad. He was a lovely bloke. I've done a few clean up Australia days down at the lake with him."
Russ Jill Mitchell: "Oh that's so sad he was a lovely gentleman. RIP Cliff x"
Mikaela Stringfellow: "I miss you so much pop; it's easy to see how much of an impact you had on not only my life but everyone else around you. You will forever be in my heart, I love you."
Emma Meyer: "You will be sadly missed around Currimundi Cliff. Always smiling, a great man R.I.P"
Gabriele Haase: "God bless you Cliff Hargreaves....and have a good journey home... in my thoughts. He was an angel without wings to take care on mother earth."
Pat Henderson: "Cliff, your spirit will always be with us at Currimundi Lake."
Gillian Matthews: "So sad, always had a smile for me when I was walking around Currimundi."
Skye Niehus: "Such sad news. Cliff was such a lovely man who always wanted a chat. Such an inspirational man."
Celebrating Cliff's life of tireless environmental work
A MAN who worked tirelessly for the environment, the community and fellow amputees has died after a brief illness at 87 years-of-age.
Cliff Hargreaves, Clean Up Australia's 2010 Local Hero for Queensland, has also been Currimundi Neighbourhood Watch vice-president, a part of the Friends of Currimundi group and the president of the Amputee Support Society Sunshine Coast.
Despite losing his right leg at the knee, Mr Hargreaves spent every weekend for more than 40 years cleaning up rubbish around Lake Currimundi.
"For nearly 20 years Cliff has undertaken hospital visits from Caboolture to Gympie to provide much-needed assistance to new and existing amputees and their families," he said. "That's a phenomenal effort and I think I speak on behalf of all the Coast when I say we cannot thank him enough."
Pamela Wright of Bokarina described Mr Hargreaves, who passed away on March 20, as someone always available to support amputees and their families.
Ms Wright first got to know him when Mr Hargreaves would come to the rehabilitation ward at Nambour Hospital where she worked, to help recent amputees come to terms with the future ahead of them.
"The world is a better place because you lived to give," she considers herself fortunate to be able to say to him when she saw him selling raffle tickets two weeks ago to raise money for equipment to assist amputees.
Ms Wright said Mr Hargreaves had a passion to help people and that had been his lifelong quest.
"His legacy will be the strong club of people he's helped who will go on to provide support to others."
Cliff Hargreaves Park at Currimundi will also stand as recognition of is work clearing other people's litter from the environment.