Peter Muldoon loses cancer battle

RESPECTED registrar of Tweed Heads local court, Peter Muldoon, will be remembered at Kingscliff’s Saint Anthony’s Church today after losing his fight with cancer late last week.

Mr Muldoon, 57, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday surrounded by his family.

He was the “dearly loved” husband of Anne-Maree and father of Trent, David and Bridget and their partners Alison and Heath.

Mr Muldoon had worked in New South Wales courts since 1971, arriving in Murwillumbah from Casino in 2000, before moving to Tweed Heads in 2001.

Tweed Heads local court clerk Leisa Oakes said yesterday court staff, police and the legal fraternity were shattered by the loss.

“We are devastated here at the courthouse, he was an absolutely fantastic boss,” Mrs Oakes said.

“He will be missed by the department as a whole, it was really good to have someone with such experience, but also with a common sense attitude to the job.”

Mrs Oakes described Mr Muldoon as easy going and approachable, but someone who was fiercely protective of the people who worked for him.

“Peter was extremely protective of his staff ... he would not let anybody intimidate or harass his staff.”

“That is the great guy that he really was and we are going to miss him terribly.”

She said Mr Muldoon had battled the disease for some time, but continued to work until September.

“The strength he showed was amazing. He came to work through thick and thin, it gave him a purpose. That is the sort of man that he was,” she said.

Mr Muldoon, who was also the Tweed coroner, was recognised by the Department of Justice for his work setting up court outreach services on the Tweed and addressing cross-border issues in partnership with the Coolangatta Magistrate’s Court.

Mr Muldoon was also a keen golfer.

Police will form a guard of honour at Mr Muldoon’s funeral service, to be held at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church, at 10am today.

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