Martin Burkett with his niece Alarnah McKee.
Martin Burkett with his niece Alarnah McKee.

Goodbye to a 'loveable larrikin'

MARTIN Burkett, who was recognised as a “lovable larrikin” was buried from St Peter Chanel Catholic Church, Tannum Sands, on Saturday, October 3.

Mr Burkett was 41.

He was born in Frankston, Victoria, and the family moved to Gladstone in 1970.

His schooling was at Star of the Sea and St John's during the primary years, and Chanel College and Gladstone State High for high school.

He started playing junior rugby league for Brothers Under 8s and his love for both codes of football stayed with him.

In his younger days he was actively involved with Tannum Sands Nippers and later Tannum Sands Surf Club where he developed his love for the beach and surfing.

He was also member of Western Suburbs Swimming club and represented these clubs for these sports on numerous occasions.

While still at high school he worked part-time at Tannum Sands Hotel and Gladstone Yacht Club.

He was a crew member in the Brisbane-Gladstone yacht race in 1993.

Mr Burkett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Management from Griffith University, Gold Coast and he chose to be called by his second name Billy, so to all acquaintances at Gold Coast he was Billy, and to Gladstone friends he was Marty.

He, with younger brother, Jim went into their own business in hospitality for several years at the Gold Coast.

Humorous stories were told at his funeral of his love of adventure, skydiving, jumping from planes and his love of beach and surfing.

He is fondly remembered by his mum Cecily, brothers Brendan, Danny and Jim, their wives Cath, Kym and Lorraine, only sister Susan and husband Peter and their families.

Marty's dad Pat died several years ago as did brother Matthew.



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