Bowls club members pays tribute to a valued friend
MEMBERS of the Sandhills Sports Club (formerly the Bargara Bowls Club) are in shock following the death of one of their mates and fellow member, Bargara man Des Nicholson.
The 77-year-old father and grandfather had just left the club and was riding his bike home when he was struck by a white ute and instantly killed on Thursday afternoon.
Board of Management treasurer Bruce Nystrom said Mr Nicholson was a pillar of the club who will be sadly missed.
"The club is devastated," he said.
"He was a very hard working volunteer; he gave the club a day every week to run Turkey Pairs on a Monday.
"He was a great man with good humour and he'll be sadly missed."
Mr Nystrom said Mr Nicholson regularly rode his bike to the club and Thursday was like any other day.
"He'd ride his bike down and home again to get some exercise and to feel the sun on his back," he said. "
He was very popular.
"He was a very good lead bowler, a regular on the bowls green and always pleased to welcome all comers."
He said the club was yet to discuss what they could do to remember their friend.
"He's been such a strong club member I think he will be honoured, to remember his contribution."
Mr Nystrom said Mr Nicholson and the driver of the ute, a 67-year-old man who joined the club recently, were know to each other and were meant to play together as part of a team in a bowls competition this weekend.
Yesterday police were still trying to piece together the traffic crash which claimed Mr Nicholson's life.
Bundaberg Patrol Group Acting Inspector Grant Marcus said police were appealing for any witnesses to the crash at the intersection of Whalley and Grimwood Sts at around 5.20pm Thursday.
"Our Forensic Crash Investigation Unit is conducting further enquires today (Thursday) of the scene," he said.
"We will be investigating to determine how this has occurred."
Act Inspt Marcus said police were expecting to talk to the driver yesterday.
"The driver was taken to hospital yesterday (Thursday) in shock," he said.
Inspt Marcus said the crush occurred at a busy time of the day and there were a number of factors police will investigate to see whether they played any part in the collision.