Farewell to one of our finest

Bob Counter was a founder of the Kingscliff Rescue Squad, now the Tweed Region Rescue Squad. Mr Counter died in Sydney on Thursday after battling illness for two months.
Bob Counter was a founder of the Kingscliff Rescue Squad, now the Tweed Region Rescue Squad. Mr Counter died in Sydney on Thursday after battling illness for two months. Supplied

A MAN who spent a large part of his life in the service of those in need, died on Thursday aged 84.

Many people on the Tweed would remember Bob Counter for his 38 years as a rescue volunteer and as a founding member of the Kingscliff Rescue Squad, now Tweed District Rescue Squad.

But his son Mark remembers a man who put others ahead of his own interests.

"If there was ever anything dangerous to do in the rescue squad then he was the first to volunteer," Mark said.

"He was always aware that other rescue members had young families.

"He worked really hard and we never went without."

Mr Counter was born in 1927 at Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.

He moved to Kingscliff from Brisbane in 1950 and bought an electrical business.

Mark said many knew of his father's community service but he was also a keen fisherman.

"When we went on holidays... they were great places... but he was always sure there was good fishing to be had," Mark said.

In fact, Mr Counter's final wish was to have his ashes scattered at his favourite fishing spot at Woody Head north of Yamba.

Former president of the squad Carl Petersen, who took over from Mr Counter, said he would be missed.

"He was just a people person and he was committed to the squad," Mr Petersen said.

"Bob never missed a meeting and he was continually fundraising."

Rescue squad president Jamie Stoddart said the squad had a lot of affection for Bob"Bob was a great man with a big heart," Mr Stoddart said.

A memorial service will be held at Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens on Friday at 10am.

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