A memorial plaque paying tribute to the man affectionately known among locals as "Mr Currimundi" has today been unveiled, nearly two years after Cliff Hargreaves, then 87, passed away peacefully in his Currimundi Home.
Today a small group of those close to Cliff gathered on the new council funded deck at the Currimundi lifeguard tower to witness the special occasion, proof his memory largely lives on in the close-knit community.
"He loved his community and he loved helping people," daughter Gail said.
"Nothing gave him greater joy then being able to help people.
"We miss him terribly but know we can feel he’s still around.
"He was a huge role model and a great example to everybody, he was always happy and an amazing man."
Friends of Currimundi Lake President Rhondda Alexander remembered how she and Cliff used to sometimes clash but together they formed a great working relationship.
"Cliff was all for the people and it didn’t matter what it was or who they were," she said.
"We would combine our passion for people and the environment so Currimundi as it stands now is so special.
"Being here today is something we needed to do in memory of Cliff."
Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle praised the efforts of Friends of Currimundi Lake, Currimundi Catchment Care Group, the Amputee Association Sunshine Coast and Currimundi Neighbourhood Watch to work with council to have the plaque installed.
"Cliff was a selfless man and champion of the community and it’s a reflection on these community groups that Cliff has received the recognition he truly deserved," Mr McArdle said.
"Cliffy was known for two things, his golf buggy and his hat. We haven’t got the golf buggy but we have the hat.
"Like many I had the pleasure of dealing with Cliff in the Caloundra community and his dedication to amputees and picking up rubbish every single day was inspiring to say the least."
The new shelter near Currimundi lifeguard tower where the plaque resides has ample seating for small groups and is wheelchair accessible.