LOCAL ICON: Gladstone resident Patsy Lee with photos she captured during the cyclone of March, 1949 that hit Gladstone.
LOCAL ICON: Gladstone resident Patsy Lee with photos she captured during the cyclone of March, 1949 that hit Gladstone. Kerry Thomas

Iconic Gladstone woman with cheeky humour dies, aged 91

FRESH whiting fillets deliveries and a cheeky visit to the sex shop are two of the countless memories Evie Higgins will cherish of her dear friend Patsy Lee.

Patsy, a Gladstone local and an icon for the region, died on Tuesday at the Gladstone Hospital, aged 91.

A cheeky sense of humour

Evie owned Last Wave Watersports when she met Patsy 25 years ago.

"She would often come to the shop with lunch for us, usually battered whiting fillets, or yummy chicken wings," Evie said.

Evie said everyone who met Patsy knew her cheeky sense of humour.

She said Patsy was looking for something naughty for her friend for Christmas, so the pair went to a sex shop.

"Well, you can imagine the comments; Patsy's eyes couldn't believe the things she was seeing," Evie said.

A straight-shooter who enjoyed a chin-wag

Steve Roberts said Patsy had been a friend of his family's since before he was even born.

"I grew up knowing her, joking around and Dad even did some work at the house for her some 30 years ago," he said.

"I saw her at the old Auckland Wharf many times during prawn season... we would sit around talking about how the fishing was.

"Then there was the bingo at the CWA and cent sales.

"I'd always say 'How's it going sexy, she'd reply 'Not too bad, hot pants' and we'd laugh."

Steve said she was a straight-shooter that enjoyed a good laugh and a chin-wag.

"Old Pat's bait shop on the lane was another frequent haunt, we were often finding Patsy chatting away with Pat O'Reilly.

"Those were the good old days when we as kids could go fishing, free as a bird, and it was people like Patsy that gave this city its life-blood, its character.

"She will be greatly missed by the local families of old."

Honoured by the town

Patsy's love of fishing was honoured when the Gladstone Ports Corporation named a fishing spot at O'Connell Wharf 'Patsy's Place'.

She was once a great hockey player, and many will remember her zipping around town on her scooter.

Patsy's funeral service will be at 10am Friday at the Gladstone Marina. A private committal service will be held later.



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