Toowoomba's beloved town crier passes away

TOOWOOMBA'S much-beloved town crier Ralph Cockle has died.

The jolly man in a kilt was well known around Toowoomba for adding his characteristic pizzazz, pomp and ceremony to every event he attended or helped to organise.

This year he reluctantly retired from the role when chemotherapy to treat his bone cancer was unsuccessful and his health began to flag.

The much-loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away with his beloved wife Shirley by his side early yesterday.

Toowoomba region Mayor Paul Antonio said, "It is with sadness that our community learns of the passing of former town crier, Ralph Cockle."

"Ralph performed his duties as town crier with utmost pride and diligence and brought a remarkable sense of dignity to civic events in Toowoomba for a good number of years.

 

Ralph Cockle performing his duties as town crier.
Ralph Cockle performing his duties as town crier.

"His recent retirement due to ill health has left a gap in our city that will not be easy to fill.

"Our thoughts are with his wife Shirley and the Cockle family."

Funeral arrangements will be announced in coming days.

On July 16, 1997, Mr Cockle was officially appointed as town crier after already having taken part in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers parade on a previous visit.

>> Town crier Ralph hangs up bell due to ill health



More than 80 Ipswich faces from Christmas Wonderand

premium_icon More than 80 Ipswich faces from Christmas Wonderand

See who was out and about enjoying festive cheer in Ipswich

Ex-cyclone Owen is expected to fade overnight

Ex-cyclone Owen is expected to fade overnight

Ex-tropical cyclone Owen is set to fizzle out Monday morning

Aunty acts and locks car in shed to stop driver

premium_icon Aunty acts and locks car in shed to stop driver

Driver fails to stop for police while driving disqualified

Local Partners