Final salute for AFL stalwart who loved his life
FRIENDS and former clubmates will gather tomorrow to celebrate the life and passing of Maroochydore AFL stalwart Geoff Drummond who died on December 29 after a short illness.
The builder and developer, along with his son, former Brisbane Lion Josh Drummond, are members of the Sunshine Coast AFL Hall of Fame for their contributions to the sport.
His death brought a sad end for the Drummond family in 2016 with Geoff losing his brother Mark in October after the death in March of his favourite uncle.
Friend Ashley Robinson described him as dry-witted, very funny in a quiet way, very observant and fiercely intelligent.
Originally from Avoca, Geoff and his wife Janelle arrived on the Sunshine Coast in the early 1980s to take over her father's milk run before the birth of their son in 1983.
The couple had been working in Melbourne and jumped at the chance to relocate north.
Knowing no-one except Janelle's parents, Geoff went down to Butt's Menswear to meet Scooter at his mother-in-law's direction.
That initial contact saw the Maroochy Roos become the foundation of the family's lives and where they were to meet many of their best friends.
Geoff, a fine fullback, was to go on to captain the club and to eventually become its president.
The captaincy earned him the club nickname Skipper, which years later was to see Josh become known as Mini-Skip.
Geoff's passion for the club was never on greater display than in the effort he gave to keeping it afloat during the late 1990s when it shifted from Wises Rd to Fishermans Rd.
Janelle said right near the end of his life when he was in hospital Geoff suggested he may need a "new" hobby and that perhaps giving a hand at the club may fit the bill.
The drain of early morning milk runs saw Geoff decide to follow in his father's footsteps by undertaking a building apprenticeship.
It was a move that led to him starting his own business which prospered through hard work and Geoff's knack for finding great locations.
In 2007 after falling in love with Vanuatu on a work trip Geoff teamed with a mate to buy land and build over-water bungalows at Numbatu Lagoon.
It was a business decision that brought him much pleasure and overseeing its operation was something he treasured.
The keen punter, who also owned several race horses, was a fixture at the Alex Sports Bar where he would regularly join a team of mates for a bet.
Geoff recently celebrated his 60th birthday in Noosa with closest friends and family.
Janelle said despite always having a good time, Geoff also always had an exit strategy in place.
On a cruise earlier this year Janelle said he told her, "I've loved my life and my family, and I'm here for a good time, not a long time".
"I am comforted knowing that this was really how he felt," she said.
"Ultimately, he died like he lived - he had a great time and left the party early."
Geoff is survived by Janelle, their children Josh and Casey and grandson Jimmy.
Geoff's funeral will be held from 10.30am, January 4 at Gregson and Weight, Wises Rd.
A cup of tea will be available after the service and afterwards at the Bluff Bar, Alex Surf Club. Extra parking is available in Mari St.