Always there to help

May 30, 2018

Friends and neighbours have described slain Mooroopna man Barry Moffatt as someone who went the distance to help his small community. He is pictured here at the Mooroopna Farmers’ Market in November, 2016.

The death of a Mooroopna man on Sunday night will leave a huge hole in the community he supported, those who knew him have said.

Friends and neighbours painted a picture of a helpful larrikin who largely kept to himself, but was always there for those in need.

Barry James Moffatt died about 9pm on Sunday after what police described as an altercation.

The close-knit community at the McKean St flats where Mr Moffatt died was mourning his death yesterday.

Close friend Chris Davis said Mr Moffatt had helped him through a recent period of poor health.

‘‘He did quite a bit for me. He drove me around. He picked me up. He cleaned my unit. He ran errands for me. He paid my bills. Bazz, we used to call him Bazz,’’ Mr Davis said.

‘‘I’ve got to admit, he didn’t have to do it. I offered to pay him for doing it, like petrol money, lunch or something. He said ‘no’, he said ‘you needed help’ and that’s all there was to it.’’

Mr Moffatt’s helpful nature extended to the entire McKean St flats community, offering lifts to those in need, putting out bins and maintaining the gardens of some of the residents, Mr Davis said.

A lover of old westerns and war films, Mr Moffatt kept an extensive collection of VHS tapes, claiming he could not get some of those films in digital format.

And he boasted a wicked sense of humour.

‘‘He was a funny guy, especially with jokes — oh my — some of the jokes,’’ Mr Davis said.

‘‘Some of the jokes were not politically correct.’’

Neighbour Stojan Ristovsi also painted a picture of a helpful man who went the extra mile for his community.

‘‘A good neighbour. It’s hard to explain — I haven’t got the words to explain,’’ Mr Ristovsi said.

‘‘He helped everyone. If someone couldn’t walk, he’d take their rubbish outside. Everything, he would do everything.’’

Mr Davis was worried the loss of Mr Moffatt and the manner in which his death happened would scar the small community.

‘‘I can’t put my finger on what change (will) happen,’’ Mr Davis said, but he feared it would be for the worse.

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