Bill Pershouse leaves a lasting legacy
WILLIAM Hector Pershouse had "an infectious smile, love of life, a great sense of humour, warmth and wisdom".
Max Ricketts expressed his gratitude towards his friend in a eulogy read at a funeral on Tuesday.
"Rest in peace Bill, your presence will be sadly missed, but never forgotten."
Mr Pershouse passed away on October 22 at age 87.
He was nothing short of an inspiration to his family and friends, crabbing and fishing two of his most adored pastimes.
Daughter-in-law Leanne Crane said he had a lot of love to give.
"He was wonderful, very kind. He loved to take us fishing and crabbing," she said.
"He was a pretty cheeky man. He would have a bit of fun with you."
Mrs Crane said Mr Pershouse also loved to sit down on a Friday night and watch the Broncos play.
"He loved sport, like tennis, football and cricket. He was an all-rounder."
He was born on March 2, 1927, into a pioneering family that originally settled in Gladstone from 1855-1857.
His great-grandfather, also called William Pershouse, was the second mayor of Gladstone. He died in 1884.
Mr Pershouse and his nine brothers and sisters grew up in Benaraby.
He attended Benaraby Primary School and when he left school Bill ran the family farm, where he collected the tag of Potato King.
In 1975, he married his beloved Ailsa; a widow who was left to raise six children when her former husband died.
Mr Pershouse was a stepfather to the children and the pair's lives were very active.
For 40 years, he worked at the diesel shed at Queensland Railway.
In his spare time he tried his hand at crabbing, fishing, tennis, indoor bowls and betting on horses.
He was skilled at crabbing, taking his stepchildren out to the mudflats regularly.
His stepson Greg used to watch in awe as his stepdad pulled huge crabs from the crab pot with his bare hands, without using the hook.
Greg and Mr Pershouse would return home with a bag of crabs and 10 fingers still intact.
Mr and Mrs Pershouse picked and sold mangoes into their retirement.
He died of cancer but never lost his great sense of humour as he grew older.