Surfboat crews to pay tribute to stalwart

Wednesday 16 April, 2008 12:01am

CENTRAL Coast surfboat rowers will form a guard of honour with their oars on Thursday when they send off Terrigal surfboat captain Bruce Thoroughgood.
Thoroughgood, 55, died suddenly at his Umina Beach home last Wednesday.
His son Brent found him slumped in the Terrigal surfboat he was working on. He suffered a blood clot to the heart but had no previous health problems.
"He was as fit as a fiddle," Brent said.
"He had just returned home from the Australian surf titles and was talking about getting some jet skis."
Bruce was the head sweep at Terrigal surf club and one of his crews at the Australian titles was the under-23 crew that included his youngest son Scott.
"We had spent the past two weeks training together," Scott said.
"We didn't do any good at the Aussies but it was great to have shared that with him in his last days."
Bruce worked with his son Brent in their family plumbing business and had raised his two sons on his own since their mother Jannice died 13 years ago.
Thoroughgood rowed for Umina surf club and then had eight seasons at Terrigal that included winning an Australian bronze medal with the Terrigal reserve boat crew in 2004.
"Bruce was taking charge of building up the depth of our crews and had also become qualified on the jet ski rescue craft," Terrigal club captain Paul Quick said.
"He was a very active bloke and had just come back from a skiing holiday in Japan in February."
Mountain biking and shooting were his other hobbies.
He was a successful shooter with the Central Coast Muzzle Loading Club and held two Australian records. The funeral will be held at 12.30pm tomorrow at the Hillside chapel at Palmdale Memorial Park.

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