Noosa community mourns loss of popular 'larrikin'
IF YOU bought electrical goods in Noosa over the past 30 years, chances are you ran into Kym "Baldy” Baldwin.
The retailer had a rare way with people, so much so that a saying existed in the electrical circles: "Is Kym working today?” referring to his popularity amongst customers.
He was described as a "fun-loving” man, with a "jovial” nature that made him an instantly welcoming figure.
His personality - whether at work or play - was unwavering and customers often followed him from one retailer to another as he changed jobs from Chandlers, Betta, Retravision or Harvey Norman.
After a short battle with illness, Kym died peacefully last week aged 47, leaving behind wife Gilda and countless people he loved and called friends.
Shane Raison was the best man at Kym's wedding and his great mate for more than three decades.
Mr Raison paid tribute to his friend, remembering him as an "ultimate larrikin” sometimes bordering on "lunacy”.
"Just his demeanour, the way he conducted himself, he never left a room without people smiling,” Mr Raison said.
"He was naturally funny without ever trying to be.
"It's not that he was overly loud but you just knew when he was around. He had this massive cheeky grin.
"And he was the same at work. His loyal customers appreciated his genuineness and honesty.
"Some of the deals he would do often amazed us.”
Away from work, Kym was an avid golfer and fisher, a family man through and through and "caring” godfather to Mr Raison's children.
"My kids called him 'Uncle Kymmy', but everyone else just called him 'Baldy'.”
Mr Raison, who was at one stage Kym's boss, recalled a time when he went missing at work for 40 minutes.
"He was totally missing in action,” he said.
"For like 40 minutes. So I went looking for him.
"Eventually I found him, fast asleep in an empty television box.”
It's stories like that that will be shared among those closest to him in a memorial on Saturday at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club.
Those interested in attending have been requested to wear white or pink and to inform the family of what music they wish to honour Kym.
Mr Raison said the song Trooper - We're Here For A Good Time would be one of the fitting tunes to be played.
"It sums him up to a T,” Mr Raison said.
- Saturday, December 15, at 3pm.
- Held at the Noosa Dolphins Rugby Grounds, Ben Lexcen Drive, Sunshine Beach.
- A chance to pay respects and remember Kym Baldwin.
- Clubhouse bar will be open after the ceremony with food available.
- Dress code is white or pink - no black.
- A live stream will be displayed on Facebook for those interstate or unable to attend.