Town mourns death of beloved local

MULLUMBIMBY is mourning the loss of one of its most beloved residents in Cliff Jones.

Mr Jones, 67, was found dead about 10.30am yesterday in the Ocean Shores Country Club dam.

It is believed Mr Jones was mowing at a private residence in Coonawarra St, which adjoins the country club.

Police believe his half-tonne mower rolled, causing Mr Jones to fall into the dam, however it is not clear whether the cause of death was from drowning or internal injuries.

Mr Jones had been reported missing by family members on Tuesday evening after failing to turn up to work at the Mullumbimby Ex-Servicemen's Club.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter conducted aerial searches yesterday morning before Mr Jones' body was found.

As well as running his own lawn-mowing business Mr Jones had worked as a barman and waiter at the club since 1971.

Club manager Luke Barnes said he was "heading for 42 years of service" and was part of "the fabric of the club".

"He was a larger-than-life figure," Mr Barnes said

"All we're talking about at the moment is Cliff because Mullumbimby is a little town and he was such a big part of the club."

He said Mr Jones was admired for his hard work and generosity.

"He had the most amazing perseverance and work ethic I've ever seen," Mr Barnes said.

"We're obviously still reeling at what's happened and we feel very deeply for his family and friends because Cliff is one of those people you expect to be around all the time."

Workcover has been informed of the incident and is carrying out investigations.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a post mortem examination will be conducted in coming days.

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