LOOKING BACK: Don and Tia were inseparable, fishing and going out on the boat together.
LOOKING BACK: Don and Tia were inseparable, fishing and going out on the boat together.

‘Besides bugging The Observer, my Dad was a tinkerer’

DON Rosendahl was witty, passionate about the ocean and he had a mind that never stopped thinking.

He died on Monday age 69 after a five year battle with prostate cancer. Don left behind daughter Daria Maloney and six grandchildren.

He was born in Brisbane and moved to rural Taroom as a young child. The family moved to Gladstone in 1960.

Don Rosendahl used to ride a horse to school in Taroom. He is pictured in his early teens at Alton Downs, near Rockhampton.
Don Rosendahl used to ride a horse to school in Taroom. He is pictured in his early teens at Alton Downs, near Rockhampton.

Don worked as a fitter and turner, taxi driver and also a deckhand for Gladstone Port Services.

He also loved to send frequent SMS to The Observer for our opinion page.

"Besides bugging The Observer, my dad was a tinkerer," Ms Maloney laughed.

"He once told me that his microwave was broken so instead of buying a new one, he fixed it himself and got new parts.

"He was very good with his hands."

Mrs Maloney also said her dad was practical person.

"He used to say to us 'no suits, no ties, no fuss'," she laughed.

Don lived on Auckland St for more than 20 years; it was a handy location near the Gladstone Newsagency.

Newsagent Lyn Doyle said she saw Don's friendly face every day for eight years.

"If he got here before I opened the door at ten to five he used to help me set up the shop," she said.

"Don was a true gentleman."

His neighbour of 18 years, Narelle Russell, said he was a "good bloke" who had a satirical humour.

"The love of his life was his golden labrador, Tia," Mrs Russell said.

"Most of Gladstone would have seen a tall, lanky man with a yellow labrador walk over Auckland Hill.

"That was Don and his dog."

Some of Don Rosendahl's SMS contributions to The Observer.
Some of Don Rosendahl's SMS contributions to The Observer.


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