Moving tribute to inspirational rural firies leader
IF THE number of people at a man's funeral is indicative of their character, then Michael Thomas Garrahy was a much-loved, respected and admired man.
The former Rural Fire Brigades Association of Queensland president, known as Mike to friends, colleagues and family, was farewelled by more than 250 people and a guard of honour formed by rural firefighters at the Crows Nest Cemetery on Saturday.
Son William Garrahy said the show of support from their father's former colleagues was wonderful.
"Dad spent so many years in many different roles," William said.
"With everyone showing up today, we do hear a lot of what Dad did and the show and number of people here is a really wonderful thing."
Glen Garrahy said his father had fought for the rights of volunteer firefighters in his capacity as RFBAQ president among other pivotal accomplishments, including from his time in the Army and as a frontline police officer for 20 years.
"It's hard to fathom the amount of work Dad has put in to the community," he said.
"The work that Dad has done, it's almost immeasurable.
"He lived a full life and there are people that have come from right around Australia today."
Mr Garrahy had filled many roles in his 62 years, including his 20-year career with the Queensland Police Service and volunteer role as an operations manager for the Toowoomba State Emergency Service.
He was the first officer of the Crows Nest Rural Fire Brigade until he retired earlier this year and handed the reins over to Aaron Cook, who served with him for 13 years.
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