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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Mackay Mourns the Passing of Business Icon "Chook" Deguara

Mackaybids farewell to a beloved figure as Charlie "Chook"Deguara, former owner of Deguara Supermarket, peacefully passed awaysurrounded by his family on Saturday, December 30, 2023. His legacyas a respected businessman and the warm-hearted proprietor of a localinstitution profoundly impacted the community.

DaughterAndrea Hale shared the news, inviting friends and acquaintances tojoin the family in farewelling their beloved Chooky at St Bernard'sCatholic Church on Klumpp Road, Upper Mount Gravatt. The service willtake place on Friday, January 19, at 10:30 am. Afterward, acelebration of Chook's life will be held at the Mount Gravatt BowlsClub.

Chookcelebrated his 80th birthday in June, surrounded by an abundance offamily, creating cherished memories that now serve as a testament toa life well-lived. Andrea shared that pneumonia, compounded by theloss of his wife Cheryl, eventually took him. The DeguaraSupermarket, under Chook's stewardship, was more than just a store—itwas a cornerstone of the community, where locals gathered for morethan just groceries. Many locals remember him as a kind man and arespected businessman, creating a lasting bond between the Deguarafamily and the Mackay community.

Forthose unable to attend the service in person, the family inviteseveryone to join via live stream on Friday, January 19, at 10:30 am.The live stream link can be accessed at

Chookleaves behind a legacy that extends beyond the shelves of asupermarket, touching the lives of those who had the privilege ofknowing him. Mackay mourns the loss of a local icon and extendsheartfelt condolences to the Deguara family during this time ofgrief.

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