QUEENSLAND's rural community has lost one its favourite sons with the passing of Donald McLeish, aged 93, on January 27.
Equipped with a quick smile and deep knowledge of the sheep and wool industry, Mr McLeish was well known for the superfine wool produced on the family's traprock property Waraghai near Karara.
Mr McLeish was born in 1926 in Leeton, NSW, spending his teen years on the family property Tumbar, Jericho.
He moved to Roma Downs, Roma, at age 18, working for the Nolan family for 37 years. In that time he helped developed Roma Downs as a major sheep, cattle and farming business.
He moved with his family to Waraghai, Karara, in 1983 to develop his own wool growing business.
Mr McLeish was pre-deceased by his wife Judith (who passed away in 2007), and is survived by his son Bruce and daughter Wendy.
A funeral service will be held at St Mark's Anglican Church, Warwick, at 11am on Saturday, February 1.