Chippy was much-loved.
Chippy was much-loved. Contributed By Ruth Crosson

Talented skater Chippy was loved by many

OBITUARY: As a teenager, Trevor Charles "Chippy" Bennedick lived at the old Barney Point Skating Rink.

The 68-year-old died on February 10, 2015 after a battle with cancer, but his legacy will live on in the Gladstone community.

Chippy was in the thick of the action at the rink during the 1950-60s - a talented skater who thrived on teaching others how to skate.

Peter Corones's father Mick owned the rink, as well as Corones Cafe next door.

Peter grew up at the rink and said he had fond memories of his mate.

"He first came here when it was built in the early 1950s and he was an identity," he said.

"He was a likable character and one of the nicest people you've ever met."

He would regularly ride his bike to the rink on Friend St, decked out in all white, with black skates. He was ready to skate.

Peter said Chippy used to fish at Barney Point after a skating session, his fishing rod attached to the back of his bike.

Chippy's sister Ruth Crosson said skating was her brother's favourite hobby.

"He was very good at roller skating and he could do leaps and tricks," she said.

Chippy was born on August 10, 1946, to Nellie and John Bennedick. He had four siblings.

He attended Gladstone Central State School, leaving school when he was 14 to work at a supply store called Friends Pty Ltd.

He enjoyed fishing and used to love retreating to his shack called Chippy's Hideaway at Farmers Point on Facing Island.

"Trevor was interested in conservation and he used to like planting trees at The Oakes (northern end of Facing Island) and watering them," Ruth said.

"He spent hours picking up litter at the camping reserves and marine debris on the beach. He cared about the environment."

Chippy in his early teens at the Barney Point skating rink.
Chippy in his early teens at the Barney Point skating rink. CONTRIBUTED

Remembering good times at the skating rink

Throngs of Gladstonites used to congregate at the Barney Point Skating Rink in the 1950-60s.

The outdoor rink was built next to Corones Cafe in 1951 by Mick Corones.

His son Peter grew up at the business, pulling on his first pair of skates when he was three and working at the cafe as a teenager.

It was the place to be. Families and couples often dined at Corones Cafe, enjoying milkshakes, burgers and fish and chips after a skate.

The rink was small but a "heck of a lot of fun".

"It was 50ft by 50ft, but there could be 80 people skating at one time," Peter said.

"Everyone knew everyone and you became mates for life," Peter said.

The cafe and rink closed in the 1970s, but it has since been transformed into the Barney Beach Seabreeze Caravan Park, run by Peter and Kathy Corones.

OBITUARIES: If you have a loved one who has died recently and you would like to celebrate their life in The Observer, please send their photo and a small story about their life to laura.mckee@gladstoneobserver.com.au.



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