Passionate bowler, community stalwart Tommy Cluney remembered | OBITUARY

Sorely missed: Tommy Cluney (pictured in 2012) passed away on August 24 after a battle with dementia. Picture: Simon Bennett
Sorely missed: Tommy Cluney (pictured in 2012) passed away on August 24 after a battle with dementia. Picture: Simon Bennett

"Much-loved" Campbelltown community stalwart Tommy Cluney has been remembered as a positive, selfless figure following his death at age 85.

Mr Cluney died peacefully surrounded by friends and family at Pembroke Lodge nursing home in Minto on Saturday, August 24.

Joann Bolte, one of Mr Cluney's six children, said her father had always been relied upon to lend a helping hand.

She said he was the kind of person that others turned to in their time of need.

"Dad was the kind of person that would pull over and help someone with car trouble whether they asked for it or not," Mrs Bolte said.

"He was an interstate truck driver in his career, but he was still happy to drive family members to the city when they were visiting from out of state, or he'd drive six hours to say hello to someone."

Mrs Bolte said her father her received many awards and certificates in his life in Campbelltown - he lived at the same Ingleburn house for at least 60 years - for his dedication to the community.

The Korean War veteran was honoured for his work as a Justice of the Peace, community contributions and dedication to Ingleburn Bowling Club as a player, mentor and umpire.

"Dad would spend a lot of time teaching bowls to school kids and and once he even taught a group of deaf people to bowl," she said.

"He would have to text the instructions to them so they'd understand. So he learnt how to text in order to help them."

Mrs Bolte said you would be hard-pressed to find someone more positive and upbeat than her father.

"You'd call and ask how he was and he'd say 'the grass has never been greener', even if it's pouring and storming outside," she said.

"Or he'd say 'it's better now that I've seen your face'. You'd have to say, 'Dad, we're on the phone, you can't see me'.

"He was always looking on the bright side."

Mrs Bolte said her mother Shirley was the love of Mr Cluney's life and she was sure they were now happily reunited.

"Mum will definitely be telling him what to do again," she joked.

"Mum passed soon after they moved into Pembroke Lodge three years ago, and Dad was there holding her hand."

Mr Cluney will be farewelled at a funeral service at Leppington's Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, September 6 from 2pm.

Mrs Bolte said she welcomed locals who knew and loved her father to attend.

"I'm sure there are plenty of old truck drivers and bowls players still in the area who remember Dad."