Clifton drowning victim remembered as loving man
UPDATE: Clifton identity Dan Brady is being remembered as a loving family man with dedicated links to the community he called home for 50 years.
Mr Brady was found dead in Kings Creek late Sunday, the victim of a tragic drowning after a spot of afternoon fishing.
He was 78.
Mr Brady's three daughters Mary, Ann-Maree and Erin Brady have paid tribute to their late father who they say died doing something he loved.
"He got himself down to Kings Creek and unfortunately he fell into the creek and drowned," Erin said yesterday.
"It was very unstable at the creek and even the most sure-footed of people would be a bit unsteady around the edges.
"It's a bit of sad end but at least he went doing something he liked doing."
Mr Brady moved his family to Clifton in 1966 where he worked for the local council and operated his own earthmoving business over the years.
It was in Clifton he raised his four children before tragedy struck in 1981 when his only son died in a motorcycle accident.
"That really rocked dad," daughter Mary Brady said.
"He really missed him."
Mr Brady held various positions in community groups including the State Emergency Service, rural fire brigade, sporting groups and organisations.
He coached junior rugby league and was involved in the RSL and became well-known through his dedication to Clifton and the surrounding areas.
After his retirement, Mr Brady took to travelling and had various holidays including to Norfolk Island and riding the Ghan.
Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer about a year ago, Mr Brady's health began to decline but he remained fiercely independent until the end.
Despite his illness, the loving grandfather refused to miss watching his only granddaughter get married last November.
"He really loved his grandchildren and visited a lot," Mary said.
"He really pushed himself to that, and I know that he was very proud of all of us."
His daughters shared a laugh when they recalled Mr Brady's love of motorbikes and his joy when groups of Harley Davidson motorbikes would rumble through Clifton.
Sure enough, he would be standing on the footpath waving at the riders with his best friend.
Mr Brady's funeral will be listed in coming editions of The Chronicle.
MONDAY 3PM: The Clifton community is in shock after long-term local Dan Brady was found drowned in Kings Creek yesterday afternoon.
Mr Brady, 78, had lived in Clifton for the past 50 years, having moved to the Darling Downs town with his family in 1966.
After holding various jobs and being involved in many community groups including the State Emergency Service, fire brigade and sporting groups, Mr Brady was a well-known and much-respected man.
During his working years and while his four children were younger, Mr Brady was heavily involved in community organisations and groups, a commitment he continued with right through his retirement.
He travelled more in his later years including to Norfolk Island and on the Ghan, but it was fishing with his mates that remained one of his favourite past-times.
His three daughters have paid tribute to the man they described as a dedicated father and grandfather.
EARLIER 11AM: The death of an elderly man at a popular fishing hole is being treated as a tragic accident.
The body of the 78-year-old man was retrieved from Kings Creek yesterday afternoon after a passer-by made the grisly discovery about 2.45pm.
Clifton State Emergency Service group leader Tony Fenner and two other volunteers were called in to assist with the retrieval about 3pm.
Mr Fenner said the waterway was a popular spot for fishing and estimated its depth to be about 4m.
He said recent rains had made the waterhole slightly deeper than usual.
"I got the call about 3pm from the officer in charge of Clifton police," Mr Fenner said.
"I was asked if I could assist with the body recovery so I went down there and got him to shore."
He said Queensland Ambulance crews were waiting with police on the banks of the creek.
He said it was too late for any attempt at CPR on the man.
"I just had a personal kayak with me when I went out to retrieve him to shore," Mr Fenner said.
"There was no CPR because it was obvious he was beyond that."
A small fishing stool was found on the banks of the creek, but no fishing rod or tackle.
Mr Fenner said the waterway was prone to flooding in heavy rains but the creek wasn't in flood at the time.
"It's a spot that cuts the road when we get flooding but it wasn't up all that much," he said.
"It was a bit higher than normal."
EARLIER 7.45AM: Police will today investigate the circumstances surrounding a man's drowning death yesterday afternoon.
The State Emergency Services retrieved the body of a man from Kings Creek on the Felton-Clifton Rd yesterday afternoon after it was reported to emergency services about 2.50pm.
While police are not treating the man's death as suspicious, they will investigate to prepare a report for the coroner.
Police late last night confirmed the man had drowned in the creek.
YESTERDAY: Police have confirmed a person drowned at Kings Creek, Clifton this evening.
Police media said at 6.30pm they did not know the age or sex of the person but the drowning was not believed to be suspicious.
"Police were called to a possible drowning incident at Clifton at 2.50pm," he said.
"A body was retrieved by the State Emergency Service from the water at 3.55pm.
"A report will be prepared for the coroner."
The body was reportedly discovered by a passerby who found it "floating face down in the creek".