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Dr Pearson farewelled in touching UQ Gatton tribute

FRIENDS, family, colleagues and students gathered at a special memorial service to honour University of Queensland Gatton professor Dr Martin Pearson today.

A large crowd filled the UQ Gatton campus Hamon Centre lecture theatre as tributes from Dr Pearson's family, professional colleagues and cycling community flowed.

The two-hour long memorial service was filled with laughter and tears as his memory was honoured with anecdotes and personal experiences.

Martin was widely remembered as a gentle, quiet and intelligent perfectionist and a quintessential leader by example, whose committed work ethic would often see him be the last to leave the office.

However, humorous tributes highlighted punctuality as one of Dr Martin's least strong characteristics with one even mentioning he would be late to his own memorial service. 

Dr Martin was an avid cyclist who would often compete across great distances and enjoyed attending the theatre and shows with wife of eight years Sandy Vigar.

Ms Vigar said Dr Martin was passionate about anesthesia and was always keen to share his knowledge with others.

"Anyone coming to Martin would be assured of a good hearing and support if needed, he responded quietly, thoughtfully and calmly, often taking on extra roles when asked and managing to fit them into an already packed schedule," she said.

Among the tributes was a recorded message from a former student and colleague currently living in New York.

Dr Martin was a specialist veterinary anesthetist and Superintendent of the UQ's Veterinary Medical Centre (VMC) - the University's veterinary teaching hospital at the Gatton campus. 

He joined UQ Gatton in early 2011 and played an integral role of building the clinic into a centre of excellence in veterinary services.

Following the service, more than 50 cyclists rode a short circuit around the UQ Gatton campus in a special tribute.

Dr Pearson, 61, was tragically killed near Inglewood on Anzac Day while competing in the Audax Queensland GT series, a 600km bike ride from Tenterfield to Lowood via Dalby on Anzac Day last month.

Almost two weeks on and with no witnesses, police investigating the death are appealing for further public assistance.

Dr Pearson was riding a bicycle along Inglewood-Millmerran Road when he was struck by a vehicle sometime between 2.30pm and 3.25pm on April 25.

Officers are continuing to search for the vehicle involved which failed to remain at the scene.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

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