A TRUE gentleman, and one of Queensland's most respected cattle producers, Eric Nobbs, Lyndhurst, Biloela, passed away yesterday afternoon in the Biloela Hospital surrounded by his family, aged 97 years.
Mr Nobbs had been admitted to hospital earlier in the week.
His zest for life and the beef industry in particular, was evident right up to the recent Beef 2015, where he actively engaged in the event.
One of his highlights included claiming the champion pen of pasture fed steers, exhibited in partnership with his sons Chas, Stewart, and Roger.
Mr Nobbs will be remembered as a true pioneer of Central Queensland.
He moved from his family property Warrawee near Jandowae, to Central Queensland in 1937, as an adventurous young 19-year-old bushman when he drew the undeveloped forest and brigalow scrub country, he name Burrawarra near Moura.
Looking over their grand champion pen of the Beef 88 Prime Cattle Show and Sale are Eric and Val Nobbs, Lyndhurst Brahman stud, Biloela. Click on the image to view a gallery of photos of Eric over the years.
In a marriage partnership of 61 years with his late wife Val, who passed away in 2010, together they built their Central Queensland property portfolio.
The Nobbs family holdings today include 10 Central Queensland properties including Yandaburra, Lake Salvator, Beauchamp, Glen Rock at Springsure, Delargum, Stanford Park, Ruddlea, Cordelia, Yoman, and Wingara in the Bauhina district, and Lyndhurst and adjoining properties at Biloela.
Mr Nobbs is survived by his five children Helen, Chas, Stewart, Linda and Roger, and many grandchildren.
The funeral for Mr Nobbs will be held at the Biloela Civic Centre, followed by an internment at the Biloela Lawn Cemetery, on Thursday, May 28, at 1pm.