Grandchildren were his joy

September 16, 2017

On the river: Percy Moore pictured with his dog Mimi doing what he loved most - fishing.

Family man: Percy Moore with his grandchildren Will, Max and Jorge who meant the world to him.

Big catch: Percy Moore with a huge Murray Cod he caught in his younger years.

Family members have remembered Waaia and Katunga man Percy Moore, 69, as a cheeky, talkative and family-orientated man following his death in a car accident earlier this month.

He died after his vehicle collided with a car containing two German backpackers on Echuca-Mooroopna Rd, Mooroopna, on September 1.

Percy Robert Moore was born on January 16, 1948, to Leslie (dec) and Nancy Moore of Swan Hill.

In 1955, the Moore family moved to Waaia where Percy attended Waaia Primary School and lived with his siblings Bruce, Geoff, Malcolm, Marlene and Leonie.

‘‘Mum’s memories of Percy were finding him asleep with our favourite cow Daisy and when he fell out of the yellow Dodge, coming up Pretty Sally on a family trip to Melbourne,’’ his sister Marlene said.

After leaving school, Percy worked a number of jobs around Waaia, including working as a farmhand, orchard hand and shearing.

In 1971, he married Kaye Freeman and went share farming in Undera, Nathalia and Numurkah before they bought their own dairy farm in Katunga.

‘‘As a child on the farm I can remember Dad asking his dog to get his shoes,’’ his daughter Amanda Threlfall said.

‘‘The dog would go off and come back with only one shoe to which Dad would then ask for the other and the dog would go off again.’’

Percy had several loves in life, he loved fishing, his dogs and his family.

‘‘Dad always had a great love for his labrador dogs, they went everywhere with him and were usually not far from his side,’’ Mrs Threlfall said.

‘‘First there was Rusty, then Mimi, Sophie and Roxy, all great dogs, all bringing great joy to Dad.’’

In the late 1990s, Percy moved on in life, and for a short while moved back to the family farm in Waaia before settling in Shepparton.

‘‘He was Mr Fix It, he loved to tinker and make things for his grandkids Will, 9, Max, 7, and Jorge, 5,’’ his daughter Jacinta McLean said.

‘‘We always knew when Dad had arrived at our house as the kids would come running through the house, excitedly yelling at the top of their voices ‘poppy’s here, poppy’s here’.’’

In retirement, Percy spent his time fishing on the Murray River, at the Waranga Basin or Lake Eildon with cod, redfin and yellowbelly being his favourite catches.

On the morning of his death Percy had spent the day at his grandchildren’s school in Lancaster, enjoying a Father’s Day breakfast with them.

‘‘He left happy and with a smile on his face ... at the end he was just our dad, we loved him, and he’s going to be dearly missed,’’ Mrs McLean said.

Percy will be remembered at a grave side service at Numurkah Lawn Cemetery on Wednesday, September 20, at 11am.

His wake will be at the Shamrock Hotel, Numurkah, the same day, following his burial.

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