by Jack Lawrie
CECIL Raymond Schiffke was born January 8, 1934 in the Mundubbera Hospital.
He was raised on his parents Binjour property.
He rode his horse or walked to school at the Gleneden School, but mostly, Cecil stayed on the family farm and worked.
Pop was one of eight children.
It was a hard life in those days, but they were very self-sufficient.
Cecil met his future wife Myrtle in Gayndah at the cafe where she worked, and from that moment on he knew he had himself a woman that could cook.
He loved his food, and they were married on December 28, 1956.
They spent the first nine months of their married life on the farm during a drought.
It was at this stage they decided to move to town and start lives on their own two feet.
Cecil soon had work.
He had a few jobs in his life.
He helped build the HR Bloxome building in Mundubbera and soon after this was completed, he started to work on the council as a labourer.
In the floods, Cecil was also one of the men driving the flood boat to get cream cans across the river.
He also worked in the crusher plant for many years, which is also where he lost his finger.
From there on, he was a grader driver and was known as one of the best drivers on the council.
He was active on many committees such as the ambulance, senior citizens and the Hospital Auxilliary.
He and Myrtle loved sitting in the street selling tickets for many non-profit organisations.
He also enjoyed playing 500, lawn bowls and gardening.
Cecil passed away on December 28, 2017, but we are all sure he is in a better place.
Tribute provided by Cecil's family for publication