Kyogle mourns the passing of a mate
By Dave Kirkpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org THE big rigs stood in silent mourning and the corporate flag flew at half-mast at Brown and Hurley's Kyogle headquarters yesterday to mark the passing of one of the trucking company's co-founders, Jack Hurley. Inside the building, Jack's son, Jim, was working in his wood-%panelled office, lined with photographs of his late, great father. The phone never stopped ringing, as tributes poured in for the man who has been credited with putting 'Kyogle on the map'. It's been a tough week for the region with two other notable identities, Harold Fredericks and Frank Scarrabelotti, also dying. An inoperable tumour finally claimed Jack last Thursday after a short illness. "He was 90 in February, he'd had a good life, and he couldn't be cured," Jim Hurley said. "He was pining away. Really, it was a blessing to see him not suffer any more." From humble beginnings as a mechanic, Frank and his business partner, Alan Brown, helped to build a multi-million dollar trucking empire with outlets across Queensland and most of NSW. But it will be for his lobbying for the Lion's Road project, the upgrade of the Summerland Way and support of the Westpac helicopter service that many residents of the region will be thanking him for a long way into the future.
The Federal Member for Page, Ian Causley, described Jack Hurley as a 'legend' in Kyogle. "He was always a gentleman and in a very gentlemanly way he would push his views," he said. NSW MP for Lismore, Thomas George, said Jack Hurley would be deeply missed. One of the places where Jack Hurley will be most missed is the golf course at Kyogle, where he played often. But one rule was that sport and religion never mixed. "I wouldn't say he was a Bible basher, but he was great mates with the priests. He used to play golf with them, including Jim Riley, who used to tell us that Christianity left when he drove under the viaduct at the golf course," said Jim Hurley. A funeral service for Frank Hurley will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Kyogle at 11am on Monday.