Friends, family and Maroochydore SLSC members gathered on Maroochydore Beach to farewell the late Peter Lucas. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Friends, family and Maroochydore SLSC members gathered on Maroochydore Beach to farewell the late Peter Lucas. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Surf club farewells 'stubborn' fighter after cancer battle

MAROOCHYDORE Surf Life Saving Club has farewelled a fighter of incredible determination, resilience and a stubbornness that was to see him hold off for six years the cancer that was meant to end his life within six months.

Peter Lucas was honoured at every level of surf life saving for his commitment he showed to his club, branch and movement and his particular focus on skill development.
Peter Lucas was honoured at every level of surf life saving for his commitment he showed to his club, branch and movement and his particular focus on skill development.

Peter Lucas returned in 1998 to the club with which he did his Bronze Medallion in the early 1970s after a career in banking across Queensland and then in business as owner of GT Auto Spares and with Suncoast Cabs.

He was to quickly make up for those lost years ultimately becoming a life member of the club but also the Sunshine Coast branch and Surf Life Saving Queensland.

Mate and past club president and life member Mike Dwyer described Peter as the most obstinate bastard he'd met. But even that amount of will was to prove unable to hold off the disease as he declined during the past 11 months.

Ceremony on Maroochydore Beach for the late Peter Lucas. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Ceremony on Maroochydore Beach for the late Peter Lucas. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Peter's wife Lesley, the couple's three children, partners and grandchildren gathered with club members on the beach in front of the clubhouse on Saturday as Rigid Inflatable Rescue Boats took wreaths and his ashes to be spread at sea.

Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club RIB rescue teams prepare to take the late Peter Lucas’s ashes to sea after a ceremony on Maroochydore Beach. Peter’s daughter Jenna Truloff carried her father’s ashes on their final journey. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club RIB rescue teams prepare to take the late Peter Lucas’s ashes to sea after a ceremony on Maroochydore Beach. Peter’s daughter Jenna Truloff carried her father’s ashes on their final journey. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Mr Dwyer said Peter had thrown himself into service for the club with a particular focus on ensuring patrol members were equipped with the skills necessary to bring a high level of competency to their duties.

"He did all the basics and made sure the people we put on the beach had the skills that were constantly upgraded," Mr Dwyer said.

Even during those period's where his service was directed to branch and state levels, Peter had remained active within the club.


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