Cyril Golding passed away on Sunday after a battle with leukemia.
Cyril Golding passed away on Sunday after a battle with leukemia. The Observer Archives

City loses icon as 'Mr Gladstone' Cyril Golding dies

GLADSTONE has lost one of its stalwarts on Sunday after Cyril Golding passed away at a Brisbane hospital surrounded by family and loved ones.

Respected and loved by many, Mr Golding's death will leave a void in the Gladstone region community.

Mr Golding, 92, loved to sing, and he could hold a tune.

He also had a dry sense of humour. His close friend Wendy Barker said that wit was intact to the end.

"He was still able to have a laugh," she said.

Ms Barker travelled to see her friend on Thursday. She was grateful she made the trip.

Mr Golding's local reputation was legendary. He was a businessman and a very successful one.

But he was also a generous benefactor to countless causes.

As founder of the Young Dancers Company of Central Queensland, Ms Barker saw that generosity first-hand.

Mr Golding and his wife Shirley were major sponsors of the company.

Ms Barker said she shared a special bond with Mr Golding.

"We're both old Gladstone. We were born here," she said.

Ms Barker left the region for many years, but when she returned she reconnected with the Goldings.

She said she would miss much about her friend.

"He was quite simply a remarkable man," Ms Barker said.

"He was generous in so many ways."

Mr Golding gave continuously, but was never one to blow his own trumpet.

He was humble and unassuming, Ms Barker said.

She echoed the sentiments of our community leaders.

"He was one of a kind," Ms Barker said.

"You can't get any better."

Mr Golding founded his earthmoving business as a sole operator in 1942.

He worked for the next 20 years and his business was doing well, but in the mid 1960s he won a contract to work on the construction of QAL.

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