Tributes flow for Roma legend Alf Golder
TRIBUTES have flowed in for the passing of former Roma Town councillor and shop owner Alfred ‘Alf’ Golder.
Mr Golder passed away on Friday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 83.
During his four-term period as a councillor, Mr Golder was heavily involved with the boards handling the Roma Saleyards and Showgrounds.
He also assisted Ann Gibbes to set up and run the Roma Student Hostel Committee.
Aside from public service, Mr Golder owned and ran the clothing shop Golders, where he could be found serving customers with a smile.
His son Tyson, who took over the business after his father retired, said he and the Golder family had been overwhelmed by the response from the community, which he described as a mixture of shock and disbelief.
“The stories that people will tell you about his kindness and friendliness are true,” he said.
“He was one of those personalities that was easy to talk to, whether it was in store or on the street.
“The reaction of people has been of shock and disbelief and I expected a lot of people to say they were sorry, but the reaction was different and people were crying.”
Former Roma mayor Bruce Garvie said Mr Golder always had time for residents’ concerns or issues about the town.
“Alf was a really committed councillor. He was very much connected with the community and I know he loved speaking to people about the issues,” he said.
Mayor Robert Loughnan also paid tribute to Mr Golder.