Cap Coast legend lost

Paul Florian was an avid blue water sailor

Trish Bowman

After a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, sailor, blokarter, Coastguard volunteer and all-round nice guy, Paul Florian passed away Tuesday 14 June in Yeppoon hospital.

Fellow sailor and friend Paul Effeney said Paul Florian was a lovely person who gave of his time and money to help support every organisation with which he was involved.

“Paul contributed a lot of time to Keppel Bay Sailing Club, Yeppoon Coast Guard and the Capricornia Blokart club,” Mr Effeney said.

“He did a lot of volunteer work and always gave one hundred per cent in everything he did.

“He helped with our training, regattas and competitions and anything else he was asked to lend a hand with.

“He was a genuinely nice man who was extremely generous with both his time and his money when it came to supporting others.

“Paul was passionate about his work with Queensland Health and the wellbeing of others.

“He will be missed by the Capricorn Coast community.”

Yeppoon Coastguard spokesperson Arthur Hunt said members of Coast Guard have been saddened by the loss of respected member Paul, who passed away after a battle with cancer.

“Paul had completed 15 years of service with the Coast Guard earlier this year when he received the National Service award and Meritorious training award with ribbon,” Mr Hunt said.

“He served as the Flotilla Training Officer from 2017 – 2021 and Squadron Training Commodore in 2021 – 2022.

“He helped to organise annual SAREX programs involving the four Coast Guard flotilla in Central Queensland, the Water Police, SES, and VMR.

“Members of the boating community benefited from his participation in radio courses and safe boating courses.

“He was well-known to listeners to radio 4RO on Monday mornings when he provided Coast Guard news in interviews with Michael Bailey.

“Earlier his year Paul was recognised by the Health Department after completing 40 years of

service to the health of the community.

“He was heavily involved in other community organisations including North Keppel Island (Konomie) Environmental Education Centre P&C camp, Keppel Bay Sailing Club and the Capricornia Blokart Club.

“At the finish line of the Brisbane to Keppel yacht races, he spent many hours day and night meeting the crews of competing yachts and providing transfers to shore.”

Capricornia Blokart Club spokesperson Mark Hudson said Paul was an active member of the Capricornia Blokart Club and regularly visited Cape Hilsbrough.

“Paul often travelled and competed in Southern Australia representing Capricornia Blokart club,” Mr Hudson said.

“He has been an active committee member for many years and was always a quiet and friendly man.

“Paul was a gentleman Blokarter as well as a much-loved blue water sailor respected by all who knew him, he will be sadly missed by the Blokarting clubs in Central Queensland.

“Rest in peace Paul and happy sailing in your new world.”

The service to celebrate the life of Paul Florian will be held at Rockhampton Cremator¬ium Chapel (440 Yaamba Road, Norman Gardens) at 11:30am on Wednesday 22 June

There will be a gathering afterwards at the Capricorn room, Frenchville Sports Club, 105 Clifton Street, North Rockhampton from about 12:30pm.

The service will also be live streamed at: https://vimeo.com/event/2216493/c5c5e3c94c

It is requested that in lieu of flowers people might like to donate to the Konomie Island Environmental Education Centre.

This can be done my emailing:principal@northkeppelislandeec.eq.edu.au