Casino to farewell a good mate in Rourkie



TO the world at large, Leonard Harry Rourke was a sharp businessman with a good eye for tyres.

But to many in Casino, he was Rourkie, a mate who would never let you down.

Today, Casino will bid farewell to a dear adopted son when the town turns out to Rourkie's funeral at St Mary's Catholic Church at 11am.

Born in Sydney, Mr Rourke grew up in Mallanganee and studied at Woodlawn College before settling in Casino with his wife, Pam, to raise their two daughters, Kylee and Shanette.

Mate Peter McCormack, who will read the eulogy at today's service, described Mr Rourke as a generous man who devoted himself to his family and his business, Rourkies Tyres and Fuel, and gave freely of his time and money to those in need.

"I've heard of people coming into the servo ... doing it tough and he'd just give them a bit of money out of his own pocket ... and never care if he got it back," he said.

Mr Rourke passed away, aged 63, last Friday at the Casino Memorial Hospital after an 18-month fight with cancer.



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