GLADSTONE is better for having had Cyril Golding as a resident, businessman and a community champion.
His many business and personal feats, his sincerity and genuine compassion for and support of others, will be etched in history and the hearts of so many.
Affectionately known as 'Mr Gladstone', Cyril was an outstanding businessman, community leader and, perhaps most importantly, a generous and kind-hearted philanthropist who used his influence and resources to help many a person in need.
And this is just the people and organisations we know he helped - there were many more.
A fixture on Queensland's rich list, Cyril was never one to flaunt his good fortune, instead directing many of his energies into making the Gladstone region a better place to live for everybody.
His role as benefactor to the arts, education and sport cannot be praised enough while, on the commercial front, his company Golding Contractors completed many of Gladstone city's most important constructions including QAL, the airport and, more recently, restoration work to flood-damaged roads and infrastructure.
All of this while remaining the most humble and gracious of gentlemen until the very end, always quick to pass on accolades to others while shunning the spotlight himself.
The word 'legend' is one that is bandied around pretty liberally these days, but in Cyril Golding's case, it was a term he wore well.
He was a legend because of the lasting legacy he will leave as a pioneer of the Gladstone region.
Cyril was the only holder of a Key to the City and, in many ways, Gladstone will long be considered as "his" town, although he would have been the last to see it that way.
Gladstone Regional Council extends its sympathies to the Golding family and trust that they will be comforted by the knowledge that Cyril has stamped such an indelible mark on our community.
This story is from The Observer's eight-page tribute to Cyril Golding, published on November 10, 2012.