COMMUNITY MOURNS: A large crowd gathered at the funeral of Gordon Roser at the Peace Lutheran Church in Gatton on Monday.
COMMUNITY MOURNS: A large crowd gathered at the funeral of Gordon Roser at the Peace Lutheran Church in Gatton on Monday. Tom Threadingham

Final farewell to Gatton Hawks’ icon at Roser funeral

GORDON "Buck" Roser has been farewelled by friends and family.

Gordon, 93, died on December 3.

He was a father to five children, grandfather to 18, great-grandfather to 25 and a great-great-grandfather to two.

He was also an icon and life member of the Gatton Hawks and recently ran the A-grade team onto the field before the team's grand final win.

Gatton Hawks president Toby Toohill said if everyone could take a page out of Gordon's book, his achievements, inspiration and passion, then we would all be better people.

"He was the type of bloke that you could have a beer with after the football," he said.

Gordon was married for 70 years, his wife Lilly died in October last year.

His son Rex said it was his father's ambition to live to 100, and if not for an accident he would have made it "without a doubt".

Gordon was part of the 25th Australian Infantry Battalion and when he came back from war in 1942 he went on to work as a tree clearer.

His daughter Karen said Gordon then moved to Spring Creek in the early 1950s where he had a farm.

He later moved to Grantham and then Laidley where he opened a fruit shop.

Around 1958 he and his family moved to Gatton where he worked at a fruit shop, travelling to the markets to buy the fruit.

He later bought that fruit shop, the Gatton Fruit Exchange.

His final job was as a gardener for the Gatton Shire Council.

Gordon also has an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest person to play touch football at 76 years old.


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