24 May 2023

Cape residents heading to Canberra for publican's funeral

| Matt Nicholls
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The late Kevin Darmody will be farewelled on June 2.

The late Kevin Darmody will be farewelled on June 2.

A NUMBER of Cape York residents will brave the cold and make the trip to the nation’s capital next week for the funeral of Kevin Darmody.

The long-time Laura publican was the victim of a crocodile attack after he likely fell into the water at Lakefield National Park last month.

“He was fishing the spot he loved, and we’ll never know exactly what happened – there was a scream and a splash, then nothing,” said long-time friend Stuart Wiggins, who made the trip from Canberra to Laura after hearing the news.

“He had a heart as big as Phar Lap and there’s not many days on the calendar in the last 35 years that we haven’t spoken.”

Mr Wiggins said Mr Darmody didn’t have a family, but the former champion bull rider had friends throughout Australia after running the Peninsula Hotel at Laura for two decades.

His funeral service will be held at the Norwood Park Crematorium Chapel in Mitchell, ACT on Friday, June 2 at 1.30pm.

The funeral director, White Lady Funerals, has a link to a live stream on its website for Cape York residents who are unable to make the trip south.

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