Kyogle farewells Jack Hurley
By FAY FARDON, Star correspondent THE legend that is Jack Douglas Hurley OAM, or JD to so many, will live on for ever in the hearts of not only his five children, 16 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren, but also in the thousands of people whose lives he touched.
A thanksgiving Mass, conducted by Fr Max Gow assisted by Fr Paul Pidcock, was yesterday attended by close to 900 people (including MP Thomas George who flew in from Sydney) in Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Kyogle.
In speaking of Jack Hurley as his friend, Fr Max said: "He was a man of great joy, a man who loved life and loved a joke."
Jack's personal choice of the recession song 'I'd rather be a Has Been than a Never Was at All' gave family and friends their last laugh with him.
"An important part of our life has passed away," Fr Max added.
"Jack Hurley and Allan Brown created a business which put Kyogle on the map, a service which provided a large part Jack's philosophy: Our lives are meant to be shared with others.
"He had a passion for Kyogle, giving his opinion on important issues which often left him very exposed to criticism, opposition and pressure."
On a more personal note Fr Max said: "Jack always made everyone welcome, giving you his whole attention and letting you know that he was pleased to see you and happy to spend time with you.
"The community has lost a great man."
The family paid tribute to their father, grandfather and great-grandfather, taking so much personal part in the% service. Anne Mitchell played for the service, presenting a selection of her grandfather's favourite music, while Chai Hurley led the singing, and grandchildren led the general intercessions.
In the eulogies given by Jim and Doug Hurley, they spoke of their father's honesty,% integrity, caring and love as a family man, of the great life that their father and mother Thelma provided for them% all.
He worked tirelessly, but always took time to have holidays with the extended family.
The Hurleys and Browns were a family unit, celebrating births and weddings together, always sharing their joys and their sorrows over the last 60 years.
Jim recounted how, a day or two before his father died, he had congratulated his son and shaken him by the hand when hearing of the most recent truck sale.
Doug Hurley said of his father: "He had many favourite sayings, one of which he lived by: If you have a problem and don't do anything about it, it won't go away!
"He was compassionate and very thoughtful of others. He was a great reader, and insisted on his family getting a good education. He loved sport, and was a keen golfer.
"He was always busy; he built his first caravan, but then discovered that it wouldn't fit into the shed, so he had to take the wheels off and manoeuvre it in!"
In speaking of his 'Uncle Jack', Rob Brown remembered him as a role model.
Andrew Wright spoke of how down-to-earth Jack Hurley was: "He achieved great things in life, but remained loyal to his roots. He was a humble man, interested in the people around him, and believed in giving something back. "He was a smart business man and a loyal partner and friend."
The cortege, with police directing traffic, proceeded to the Kyogle Lawn Cemetery for Jack's interment.