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Hundreds farewell Donny Pask

Robyn Wuth   |  12:01am April 17, 2013


Mourners of Donny Pask, including his son Jay, at the funeral yesterday. Pic: David Clark

IT was standing room only as mourners yesterday farewelled popular Gold Coast character and co-founder of the Finks Outlaw Motorcycle gang, Donny Pask, father of Gold Cost fashion designer Jay.

Almost 400 attended the service at St James Anglican Church, Biggera Waters, including a strong crowd of the city's "old guard", bidding goodbye to one of the founding fathers of the outlaw movement in Queensland.

But yesterday was not about the Finks. There were no patches for a ceremony with few tears and lots of laughs.

The crowd included millionaire former real estate agent Heather Fillipini who arrived in a bright red Ferrari, and leading racehorse trainer Gillian Heinrich, who sat alongside old mates wearing shorts and T-shirts.

Traditional hymns were bypassed for anthems more befitting the man they called "one of a kind" with tunes from Elvis, The Beatles and Roy Orbison highlighting the ceremony.

Friends said it was just how Donny would have wanted it.

Donny died on April 10, age 69, after a brief battle with illness.

As expected, Donny went out on his terms - he said goodbye to his mates and told his family not to be sad before passing on the same day as his beloved wife Maree - 16 years apart.

"I've seen all my mates, I can go now," mourners were told.

"I can go on the same day as your mother."

Donny was laid to rest at the Southport Cememtary before the crowd moved to one of his favourite haunts -- the Grand Hotel -- for a final farewell.



Your Say

"Donny you will be missed ,you sold me my first bike in 1974 at your dinmore shop,you were and always will be a great bloke,from all the members of the motorcycle community and the from all the lads in the Toecutters motorcycle club hope you are still enjoying the ride."


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