Far North Queensland publican Kevin Darmody was killed in tragic circumstances a week ago, falling victim to a crocodile attack.
The operator of the Peninsula Hotel in Laura was fishing with friends in the Lakefield (Rinyirru) National Park on Saturday 29 April, when he went missing. Authorities feared a crocodile attack, and suspicions were confirmed on Tuesday.
Darmody, 65, had run the Penisula Hotel in Laura for more than 20 years. Before that, he ran Clancy’s Hotel in Canberra, where he was from. Cape York locals have paid tribute to the publican as a bushman and community leader.
Long-time friend Jody Andrews told Cape York Weekly that Darmody supported a lot of different communities and groups throughout his life.
“He can be spicy as hell and he was an old bronco and bullrider who knew how to stand his ground with anyone – skills which came into good measure as a publican.
“The whole thing is a real shock, He was so croc savvy and super conscious of the risks, always educating the tourists.
“He was loyal to a fault with his mates – he’ll always have your back. He loved the Laura pub and the tourists.”
Australian Hotelier sends it condolences to Kevin Darmody’s family and friends in light of this tragedy.