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Street sign a nod to loyal volunteer Gordon Leech

TRIBUTE: Dorothy Leech’s husband Gordon was honoured with a street sign in Gladstone for his voluntary service to the community and police.
TRIBUTE: Dorothy Leech’s husband Gordon was honoured with a street sign in Gladstone for his voluntary service to the community and police. Andrew Morgan

WHEN Dorothy Leech drives past Gladstone Power Station to Rockhampton, she now looks over at the Gordon Leech Crescent street sign and asks her husband to keep her safe.

Gordon Leech Crescent was named after the Volunteering In Police icon, who performed 1132 volunteer hours during his service with the police over four years.

Mr Leech was 74 when he passed away in 2010. He was a JP, a Crime Stoppers member, a courthouse volunteer and a mentor of fellow VIPs.

He visited the courthouse weekly with his wife, who still continues to give her time there.

"Anything to help the police, he did," Mrs Leech said.

"We thought if you can't put something back into the city you live in, what's the use of living?"

Mrs Leech said her husband was very dedicated.

"He would JP every Monday from 11am-1pm and wouldn't miss it."

Mr Leech also volunteered at two of his children's schools as president of the P&C committee, and he notched up 43 years as a volunteer when he died.

His full-time job was a guard on the railways where he worked for 50 years.

He moved to Gladstone in 1965 from Charters Towers and enjoyed a 52-year marriage with his teenage sweetheart, Dorothy.

"At our 50th wedding anniversary lunch he presented me with a certificate to say I could be put on a full-time contract now," Mrs Leech laughed.

"I was able to stop being an apprentice after 50 years.

"He had a great sense of humour. That's the sort of man he was."

Mr Leech left behind three children and four grandchildren but his legacy won't be forgotten.

The street sign was erected on October 6 by Gladstone Regional Council.

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