Family man loved his fishing

September 27, 2017

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

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

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 in a two-car collision on Echuca-Mooroopna Rd, Mooroopna on September 1.

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

In 1955, the Moore family moved to Waaia and Mr Moore attended Waaia Primary School 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, Mr Moore worked a number of jobs around Waaia including as a farm hand, orchard hand and shearing.

In 1971, he married Kaye Freeman and went sharefarming 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.’’

Mr Moore had several loves in his life — 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.

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

‘‘Dad always had a glass of port with his meal and he could talk the leg off an iron horse.’’

In the late 1990s, Mr Moore 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, Mr Moore spent his time fishing on the Murray River, at Waranga Basin or Lake Eildon with cod, redfin and yellow belly being his favourite catch.

On the day he died, Mr Moore had spent time at his grandchildren’s school in Leongatha, 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.

Mr Moore was remembered at a graveside service at Numurkah Lawn Cemetery last Wednesday, followed by a wake at the Shamrock Hotel in Numurkah.

—Hayden Thomson

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