Tribute to Neville Salmon
TEARS and laughter filled a Chinderah chapel yesterday as hundreds of people gathered to remember the life of Kingscliff crash victim Neville Salmon.
The beloved family hero was farewelled at a packed Melaleuca Station Memorial Gardens, one week after the popular man died in Gold Coast Hospital.
Mr Salmon, 65, succumbed to the severe head injuries he sustained following a serious crash with a B-double truck while cycling on the Pacific Highway at Chinderah on June 2.
His eldest daughter, Debbie Salmon-Brown, tried her best to hold back tears as she paid tribute to “a wonderful father.”
“Dad, you were our knight in shining armour,” Mrs Salmon-Brown told the crowd of mourners.
“You taught us to be truthful to ourselves and to live life to the fullest.
“You will always be in our hearts.”
Mr Salmon had lived in Kingscliff for 26 years following a 20-year career in the Royal Australian Air Force.
He established the Kingscliff cycle shop, a carpet cleaning business and worked as a structural draftsman.
He was married to wife Pat for 44 years.
They had two daughters and four grandchildren.
He had several strong community roles within Kingscliff, including treasurer of both the Kingscliff RSL sub-branch and the Kingscliff Chamber of Commerce.
Kingscliff RSL sub-branch vice-president Brian Vickery read the eulogy on behalf of the family.
“Nev was a dynamic, caring and loving man,” Mr Vickery said.
Mr Vickery also remembered Mr Salmon for his fitness regime, noting he had competed in squash, tennis, triathlons and cycling throughout his life.
“But he always had time to help a mate and balance life out with his family,” he said.
In honour of Mr Salmon, the flag at the Kingscliff Cenotaph remained at half mast yesterday.