Mr Golding worried he hadn't helped enough, mourners told

CYRIL Golding created history. That's how his stepson Warwick Lloyd summed up the life of the great man.

Mr Golding's funeral on Tuesday cemented his legacy in the Gladstone region.

"Cyril belongs to Gladstone," Mr Lloyd said.

"He transformed the society."

Mr Golding's mark on the Gladstone community was undeniable as hundreds of people gathered at St Saviour's Anglican Church to bid him farewell.

Trevor Davies delivered a eulogy which brought many to tears.

"He proved anything was possible," Mr Davies said.

Family and friends say goodbye to Cyril Golding at Tuesday's funeral service .
Family and friends say goodbye to Cyril Golding at Tuesday's funeral service . Brenda Strong

In Mr Golding's final months, as he came to terms with his life, Mr Davies spoke of how he often complained he hadn't helped enough people.

"We are lucky to be a part of his life," he said.

"Cyril, the world is a lesser place without you."

Son Neil Golding also said his father felt he hadn't done enough.

"His love of people is what set him apart," he said.

Mr Golding will be remembered for many reasons, but as his friends and family pointed out, he was one of a kind.

Grandson Joshua Golding remembers him as an inspiration to all.

"I'll miss you gramps," he said.

Heather Wieland from CWA Gladstone branch believes there will never be another person like Cyril Golding.

"He was such a kind man," she said.

He was also a man of his word, according to Alistair Chapman.

Julie O'Rourke will always remember Mr Golding's wonderful sense of humour, while Trevor Oliver cannot remember Mr Golding without a smile on his face.

"No matter what story he told, no matter how serious, he could always put a smile on your face."

Boyd Crane will remember Mr Golding as a gentleman who always had time for family.

Wendy Barker said he had been a remarkable man who left a great legacy.

"I'm lost for words, but I will truly miss him," she said.

Greg Michel will remember Mr Golding for his amazing contributions to the Gladstone community.

"He wasn't called Mr Gladstone for nothing," he said.

Granddaughter Katie Sorrensen said he had been a loving grandfather.

Extracts from the eulogy read by Trevor Davies:

Cyril did not understand the meaning of failure. He believed anything was possible and this was how he lived his life with a "never say die" spirit.

He understood people, particularly his clients. He knew his most valuable business assets were his people. Cyril led by example and his staff followed.

Cyril also understood young people and the frustrations of growing up. He helped students throughout Gladstone by donating to the schools and promoting and supporting the arts.

He was a legendary storyteller. People would sit and listen to his life's experiences and even when the story was repeated it never lost its excitement and meaning.

Cyril attended every work day to the age of 89. To his workforce he was someone to look up to and respect.

Upon arrival he would walk around the office with his cup of tea saying good morning to all the staff.

Generally people would say, "How are you Cyril?" to which he would respond, "Excellent and improving thank you." This became synonymous with Cyril.

Cyril owned one of the first personal computers in Queensland. He understood the importance of new technology and kept pace with it.

To Cyril, the client was always right and in his whole business lifetime he never had litigation with a client even when he was in the right.

His complete honesty and ethical approach made him a "contractor of choice" and he was a strong believer in repeat business being the easier way to get more work.

Tuesday: Mourners struggled to hold back their tears as Trevor Davies delivered the eulogy at Cyril Golding's funeral this morning.

He began by explaining what a remarkable man Mr Golding had been.

"He proved anything was possible," Mr Davies said.

"He led by example. He was somebody you could look up to."

Mr Davies said in Mr Golding's final months, as he came to terms with his life, he often complained he hadn't helped help enough people.

"We are lucky to be a part of his life," he said.

"Cyril, the world is a lesser place without you."

As the service came to a close, Member for Gladstone Liz Cunningham and Mayor Gail Sellers both spoke, thanking Mr Golding for his kindness, generosity and contributions to the Gladstone community.

"We hope his legacy will continue to inspire new businessmen," Cr Sellers said.

Family and close friends have gathered at the Old Gladstone Cemetery for the committal service and will be joining other mourners at the PCYC building shortly for refreshments. 

11am: Trevor Davies has delivered the eulogy at Mr Golding's funeral, saying he was a remarkable man.

10am: Family members have arrived to farewell Cyril Golding.

The ceremony will get underway shortly.

Family members arrive at the funeral for Cyril Golding.
Family members arrive at the funeral for Cyril Golding. Rebecca Davis

9.45am: HUNDREDS of people are starting to gather at St Saviours Anglican Church in Auckland St, Gladstone to remember the life of industry pioneer Cyril Golding.

A big screen and marquee have been set up for mourners outside the church.

The service will begin at 10am and will be followed by interment at the Old Gladstone Cemetery, Dawson Hwy.

SES volunteers have been busy directing traffic in a parking area at Central School since 9am.

The service is being conducted by Gladstone Valley Funerals.

The family has asked that donations be made to Gladstone State High School Technical College in lieu of flowers.

Gladstone State High School students lined the street in respect for Mr Golding as the hearse drove past.

 

 

A marquee has been set up St Saviour's Church, Gladstone, to accommodate the overlow of mourners at Cyril Golding's funeral.
A marquee has been set up St Saviour's Church, Gladstone, to accommodate the overlow of mourners at Cyril Golding's funeral. Rebecca Davis

 

 

 



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