Farewell Peter Muldoon
EMOTIONS overflowed yesterday in a packed Saint Anthony’s church as family and friends paid tribute to a man who lived a “masterpiece” of a life.
Peter Muldoon was described by those that knew him best as an honourable, easy-going yet hard-working man, with a great love for his family.
Police lined Pearl Street at Kingscliff as Mr Muldoon’s casket was taken from the church as a mark of respect for the man who spent 38 years working as a court administrator in New South Wales, nine of those spent on the Tweed.
Father James Griffin, who was also a friend of Mr Muldoon, presided over his funeral and told how Mr Muldoon was someone who made him feel at ease in his presence with an “easy-going calmness”. He said Mr Muldoon lived a “masterpiece” of a life with an integrity that would never be questioned.
He told the church that through the misery of his battle with cancer, his Christian faith never wavered.
The 57-year-old left behind his wife and “soul-mate” Anne-Maree, and children Trent, David and Bridget.
Flanked by his brother and sister, David spoke, saying his father never did anything half-hearted and was on an “endless pursuit to find something to do”.
He was a talented golfer, guitarist and general sports-man who contributed to community work and had many hobbies.
“He insisted on cracking his stockman’s whip from the balcony of the house to the embarrassment of us and amusement of the neighbours,” David recounted.
He said his father had an “infinite well of love” and nothing brought him more in life than to make his family happy. “His love and proudness of us was never hidden.”
Bridget said he always told the kids how lucky he was to have them, but she said “we were the lucky ones to have a dad like him in our lives”.
Detective Sergeant Frank Natoli of Tweed Police said the relationship between court staff and police was extremely important, and Mr Muldoon did business in a polite, professional and tactful manner. Det Sgt Natoli said whenever he visited Mr Muldoon at home during his later days he always greeted him with his trademark smile.
“Pete was such a good man and we loved him.”
He told about golf trips to Casino organised by Mr Muldoon, which each year were cursed by horrific weather but the tradition would continue, with the group now playing for the Pete Muldoon Challenge Trophy.
Joe O’Neil, solicitor and golf buddy, said “I found him to be one of the most honourable, credible and respectful people.”