A great loss for the region
  • Friday 29 November 2013

Mayor Mark Jamieson has expressed sadness at the passing of Des Dwyer, the well-respected former Mayor of Caloundra City Council.

“Des Dwyer was a popular mayor who gave his all to family and community – he was held in high-esteem throughout the region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“I’d like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Mr Dwyer’s family, in particular his son Tim who is a serving councillor on the Sunshine Coast Council.”

“Des Dwyer lived in Caloundra for 69 years – providing outstanding service to the region through his dedication to surf lifesaving, community causes and local government.

“Mr Dwyer achieved prominence in Caloundra City during the terms he served as councillor of Caloundra City Council from 1988 until 1991, and also as Mayor from 1994 until 2000.

“His interest and love of recreational walking was paramount to the creation of the Coastal Walk and following a community request the walkway at Shelly Beach was named in his honour in 2003.

“Mr Dwyer was a prominent businessman in Caloundra for nearly 50 years after purchasing the Retravision store in 1966 – which has since become Dwyer’s Family Living.

“The store has always been a genuine family business built on the foundation of personal and friendly service.

“Mr Dwyer was a member of Rotary, served on the Ambulance Committee and was the Life Governor with the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club.

“He joined Metropolitan ­- Caloundra in 1949 and was awarded life membership in 1959 for outstanding service to the club.

“In 1970, Mr Dwyer was awarded life membership of the Sunshine Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving.

“He was a foundation member of the Metropolitan - Caloundra Nippers as well as the Supporters Club.

“Des Dwyer was a remarkable person who made a truly significant contribution to his community – his passing is a great loss for the region.”