(Jim Breeze, QRA Board Member, Darling Downs Rifle Club, 12 December 2012.)

 

I received word tonight that Laurie Steele passed away this morning.

He has been in poor health for some years, taking a turn for the worse in recent months, and of late has been in the Salem Lutheran nursing facility.

 

Laurie was Captain of DDRC 16 times between 1957 and 1980.

He was Club Champion 6 times, the latest in 1983.

He was a noted shot in an era when there were many with whom to compete, and an automatic choice in District and Club teams.

He was made a Life Member in 1972, and has his name very liberally sprinkled across our many trophies.

Unusually he has never won the Huchison, our oldest cup.

For Barry’s sake, I note he has had the “Dr Alex Horn Cup” 5 times.

 

He not only won many trophies, he, and his wife Joyce, donated many to the club, notably the lower grade Champion trophies, as well as many others.

Laurie built most of these himself by hand.

 

He was on the DD District RA management committee in various roles as well.

 

He was also founding President of Toowoomba Pistol Club, the second-oldest PC in Queensland.

 

He has always had an artificial leg as long as I have known him and he worked for many years at Eagers Holden in Toowoomba.

Laurie liked a beer and adventure. I believe some wags stole his complete outfit, leg and all, at a night swim on a rifle-shooting visit to the bush many years ago.

Laurie was later found hopping along the road naked.

 

A life well run, a legendary “Downs” man who will never be forgotten, and always mentioned when we roll out our Champions.