WILD WEATHER: 2015 weather events saw Stu Wools-Cobb again called into action to help.
WILD WEATHER: 2015 weather events saw Stu Wools-Cobb again called into action to help. Patrick Woods

Stu’s a real-life SES saint

TWENTY-seven years in the Army, 33 years in the SES, a Neighbourhood Watch member and he plans to join Meals on Wheels.

I guess you could say Stu Wools-Cobb has a bit of a penchant for helping other people.

The 82-year-old was still climbing roofs until a few weeks ago, the super-fit ex-aircraft electronics technician showing he could more than match it with his younger counterparts.

“It’s always great when you can show the up-and-coming young people the better way of doing things, both on the job and in lectures,” Mr Wools-Cobb said.

An experienced SES trainer, the Maroochydore SES member for the past 26 years linked up with the local branch after spending time as the disaster coordinator in Oakey during significant flooding events.

He’s been involved in some of the most significant land searches in the Coast’s history, including the early Kenilworth searches for Jessica Gaudie, Celena Bridge and Sabrina Glassop as well as the extensive search for Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

Mr Wools-Cobb was also a very experienced storm damage worker, his expertise firmly in roof tarping and sandbag work as well as clearing fallen trees.

He used to climb Mt Coolum for fitness and Maroochydore SES group leader Danielle Pratt said the humble veteran even hiked the Kokoda Trail for his 70th birthday.

“He was a really huge mentor to everyone at the group but particularly the younger guys,” Ms Pratt said.

“He was a master of finding a leak in a roof.

“We owe him a pretty big debt. He’s a bit of a legend in the group. It will be a sad night to say goodbye to him.”

Stu said he was a “bit sad” to be leaving the “great group”.