SAD LOSS: Leanne Borg will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
SAD LOSS: Leanne Borg will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Warren Lynam

Leanne leaves a precious legacy

LIFELONG friends, family and customers were among the huge crowd of mourners at the Coolum Uniting Church on Wednesday to farewell popular hairdresser Leanne Borg.

Leanne had fought a long and courageous battle with melanoma, boldly experimenting with new drugs and trial treatments to beat the cancer. Her daughter Casey dubbed her the Melanoma Warrior.

Leanne set herself some goals during her fight.

She was determined to make it to the wedding of her daughter Linsey in May this year. She did.

Her next goal was to make it to her 54th birthday. She did. That was last Tuesday. She died the following day.

On the day she died Leanne and her beloved husband Tony watched her favourite TV show, The Bold and the Beautiful, a title that aptly sums up the qualities of this special woman.

Leanne Margaret Merle was born on August 5, 1960, at Glen Lynn Private Hospital in Auburn, New South Wales.

When the family moved to The Entrance on the Central Coast, Leanne took to the new lifestyle: going to the beach after school, skiing, and plenty to keep a young teenager occupied and happy.

Leanne always wanted to be a hairdresser and at 15 she secured an apprenticeship at a salon in The Entrance. Once qualified, she purchased her own business at Bateau Bay on the Central Coast in 1976.

Tony and Leanne married on October 30, 1982, at St Andrews Presbyterian Church at The Entrance and honeymooned in Coolangatta.

Tony and Leanne had fallen in love with Coolum on previous visits and in 1992 they sold up and made the permanent move. They purchased Coolum Village Charcoal Chicken, soon to be renamed Borgy's.

Leanne returned to hairdressing when the business sold in 1998 and became the resident hairdresser at the new Mt Coolum Nursing Home. In 2001 she opened Lea's Short Cuts in Birtwill St, Coolum.

Travel and holidays were always high on the family agenda and Tony and Leanne took Casey and Linsey out of school for three months to travel to Europe. The love shared between Leanne and her girls was evident in the words they wrote for this week's service.

Linsey said Leanne was more like a friend to her and Casey: "Mum was always involved in every aspect of our childhood."

Casey recalled Leanne's fighting spirit: "I will always carry you in my heart, soul, dreams."

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