Gympie cricketer Mick Bowyer has lost his battle with cancer.
Gympie cricketer Mick Bowyer has lost his battle with cancer.

Gympie loses one of life’s true gentlemen

GYMPIE cricketers have been asked to put their bats out for much-loved fellow cricketer Mick Bowyer; who lost his battle with stomach cancer on Tuesday, aged 55.

The Pie Creek man, who passed away peacefully surrounded by wife Kerry-Anne and family and friends, is remembered for his "infectious smile that would light up the place and unbelievably strong handshake that would just about crush your hand".

Valleys Cricket Club A-grade player Glyn Brook, who played alongside Mick over the years, said although his teammate did not come into cricket until later in life he made up for it in his enthusiasm for the game.

He played A-grade, reserves, C-grade - wherever he was needed - and was also instrumental in starting and competing in the Gympie Over 40s cricket team.

One of Glyn's priceless cricket memories is of Mick batting once when a top edge ball struck him in the head. Glyn, who was umpiring, saw him go down, but before he got to him Mick was on his feet and ready to play again.

The players convinced him to leave the field, and after a trip to the hospital and diagnosis of a broken cheek bone, Mick returned to the field to bat again.

"The Valleys went on to win," Glyn said.

"The spirit and commitment Mick showed lifted the team."

Aside from cricket, Mick's other great loves were water skiing and flying. As a mining superintendent his work took him to the Solomon Islands and New Guinea.

A farewell service will be held next Wednesday, December 30 at 2pm at Cooloola Coast Crematorium Chapel, followed by refreshments at the Duck Ponds, with BYO esky.

The ceremony is likely to attract a big crowd of people wishing to celebrate the life of Mick.

"He was one of life's true gentlemen," Glyn said.

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