Long-time Gympie scout leader Dudley Tate has died aged 78.
Long-time Gympie scout leader Dudley Tate has died aged 78. Contributed

Beloved Gympie community leader dies

THE Gympie community is mourning the passing of Dudley Tate, who influenced multiple generations of the region's families through his half-century commitment to the scouts.

The longest serving Scout Sectional leader in Gympie's scout history, Mr Tate was a central part of the region's development for 50 years.

In that time, he played a key role in the growth and guidance of more than 2000 boys and men in the region.

 

Cubs enjoy the 50th birthday party of the Queens Park log cabin construction with Cub Leader Dudley Tate (left).
Cubs enjoy the 50th birthday party of the Queens Park log cabin construction with Cub Leader Dudley Tate (left). Contributed

He first joined the Third Gympie Scout Group in 1949 as a Wolf Cub, and continued with the group when its name was changed to the Queens Park Scout Group in 1967.

He moved up to Scouts and continued through to become one of the most respected and loved Cub Scout leaders in the Gympie region.

He chose the name of "Akela-Atreyu", and has left a legacy of dedication and enthusiasm from his years of leadership in the region.

 

Dudley Tate (left) receives the Australian Scout Association's special Long Service Award in 1988 from Group Leader Hugh Milne while Mr Tate's assistant leaders.
Dudley Tate (left) receives the Australian Scout Association's special Long Service Award in 1988 from Group Leader Hugh Milne while Mr Tate's assistant leaders. Contributed

He was also a member of the Gympie District Management team and mentored many adult leaders.

In 1992 he was honoured for his 25 years of service with the QPSG, walking through a guard of honour to celebrate his achievement.

Past cubs travelled from as far away as Brisbane and Ipswich to commemorate Mr Tate's work.

 

Dudley Tate walks through a guard of honour in celebration of 25 years of service to the Queens Parks Scout Group in 1992.
Dudley Tate walks through a guard of honour in celebration of 25 years of service to the Queens Parks Scout Group in 1992. Contributed

He also received the Medal of Merit in 1970, and the Australian Scout Association's Long Service Award in 1988.

Mr Tate was forced to retire from the scouts in 2000 because of ill health and he died on May 13, aged 78.

His funeral is tomorrow at 11am at the Gympie Funeral Home.

Gympie Times


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