'Great sorrow': Kyogle mourns death of 'true gentleman'
SHOCKING news has hit the town of Kyogle with the death of one of their own.
Kyogle Council's Tourism Economic Development Officer Malcolm Wallis died this morning from a suspected heart attack.
The news was relayed to the community via Kyogle mayor Danielle Mulholland's Facebook page in a public statement from Kyogle Council General Manager, Graham Kennett.
"It is with great sorrow that I advise, Kyogle Council today lost a valued employee and member of our local community," the statement said.
"Malcolm was a caring and dedicated colleague, a great friend to many and a true gentleman."
On a more personal note, Ms Mulholland is preparing to gather tributes to be able to present to Mr Wallis' family.
"He was amazing, so full of energy," she said.
"Kyogle's town motto is 'Come for a day, stay for a life time' and that was Malcolm's."
On a personal note from this journalist, Malcolm was a pleasure to do stories with, loved promoting the town he lived in and never hesitated to have a chat and catchup.
All his emails were signed off with 'Living the dream' which to me reflects the positive attitude he always shared.
Some of the tributes posted on Kyogle Council's Facebook page:
Kath Wall: Am truly devastated hearing the news of Malcolm's passing. Will so miss his smile, his fantastic laugh, and his massive passion for Kyogle. Condolences to Allison and family. Thanks for the many laughs over the years my friend. You will be missed.
Linda Wimble: Saddened by this news. Malcolm was always ready with a smile and a champion for Kyogle. He will be missed.
Kelly Maree: Terribly sad. All my strength and condolences to the family. Life really is so short! Love your loved ones and make the most of every second and have with them. You never know when your last moment with them will be!
Arthur Piggott: So sad to receive this news. Malcolm was a great workmate and an even better friend. I've not met anyone that loved their work and their life as much as he did. He would do anything for anyone and will be such a great loss. Condolences to Allison and family.
Claire Stachurski: Malcolm was someone who's kindness and passion reached places and people I doubt he ever imagined or knew, it is a very sad day to know he's no longer with us.
Mick Clark: RIP old mate. Wal was one of a kind which the town is going to miss. Never met and worked with a man so passionate about everything he did. Will miss you mate!!
Pam Murray: Beautiful words for a genuinely amazing man. Malcolm is so going to be missed, not only of course by his family, but by everyone in Kyogle. He always had a smile and a chat no matter where he was walking up the street.