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12 January, 2021

Tributes flow for real estate icon

Tributes have flowed for Cairns real estate icon Ross Moller after his unexpected death last weekend.

Ross and Despina Moller at the Cairns Amateurs Ball in 2018

Mr Moller and his wife Despina had a very successful real estate business at LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, which also involved their daughter Nadine and son Nick.

Mr Moller was active with the Central Queensland University, the Cairns Taipans, and other real estate industry organisations and advisory bodies.

He was also president of the Cairns Amateurs Committee and had been a committee member for 24 years.

Speaking on behalf of Cairns Amateurs Committee, Cairns Amateurs vice president, David Goodman said the committee were saddened and shocked to receive the news of Ross’ death.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to Despina, Nadine, Ben, Nick and their family,” he said.

“Ross was in the process of restructuring the committee and planning this year’s 2021 Carnival.

“In the role of president he showed himself to be an innovative, forward thinking leader who was just at home in working clothes putting the Cannon Park track together as he was in his dinner suit greeting guests at the annual Amateurs Ball.

“Ross will be very much missed not only through Amateurs but also the numerous other community organisations he donated his time to in a voluntary capacity,” Mr Goodman said.

Immediate past Cairns Amateurs president, Michael Delaney was also shocked to hear the news.

“Ross and I were on the Amateurs committee for over 20 years and we enjoyed working together,” he said.

“Ross was a hard worker who was in charge of the preparations at Cannon Park.

“He would spend the week before the Amateurs in his daggy clothes setting up the racecourse for everyone to appreciate on the weekend where he would be suited up and all charm.

“I was very honoured when he took over as president. Ross has contributed substantially to the Cairns community for a long time, not only with the Amateurs but also the Taipans. He will leave a big gap. My heart goes out to Despina and their family.”

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