Betty Laver says one final goodbye at the funeral of her husband Trevor Roy Laver yesterday.
Betty Laver says one final goodbye at the funeral of her husband Trevor Roy Laver yesterday. Mike Richards GLA130916TREV

Gladstone farewells local legend, brother of Aussie icon

A KEEN and accomplished sports enthusiast and a man whose passion encompassed his love of fishing,Trevor Roy Laver was a man who with wife Betty were part of the fabric of Gladstone life.

At the age of 83, Trevor, a great grandfather, was farewelled yesterday at the Boyne Tannum Memorial Parklands by family, old mates, and people he knew through his sports involvement and business.

Trevor was farewelled in simple words but those attending all had their stories and memories.

If you were involved or passionate about local sport and fishing then you knew Trevor.

The funeral of Trevor Roy Laver.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
The funeral of Trevor Roy Laver.Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA130916TREV

As the brother of tennis great Rod Laver, his life well-lived was never one of being in his brother's shadow.

Indeed, there was always Trevor's retort over the years that "me and my brother Bob used to beat the s**t out of him" in their sibling games of tennis.

Trevor's friends say the man was always good for a yarn, and "not bad for an old bugger".

He operated a sports store in Goondoon street for 30 years that grew after first renting space from the barber.

After selling, Trevor set up the first Gladstone squash courts in Toolooa street. And was responsible for setting up the Lite Gear Fishing Club in 1951.



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