PNG Highlands entrepreneur Sir Danny Leahy died in Toowoomba hospital
surrounded by his family on Sunday.
Chamber of Commerce President Terry Shelley yesterday expressed sadness over Sir
Danny's death, saying he was an avid believer in Goroka and the Eastern
Highlands who pushed for better services for the people and had a firm belief
in the coffee industry.
Danny was saddened later in life by the downturn in coffee production and
continually advocated increased plantings through the school system,” Mr
Shelley said. “He was a unique man. Although he was physically a powerful man,
he would never be heard raising his voice in anger or resort to violence.
rugby league, he was totally dedicated to Goroka Lahanis, which won one
competition under his sponsorship,” Mr Shelley said. “The people of Goroka,
Eastern Highlands and PNG had been very fortunate to have Sir Danny live and
work among them.”
Managing director of Mendikwae Limited, Mathias Merimba, also expressed deep
regret and sadness over the death of Sir Danny. “He was a true Eastern
Highlander who made a significant impact in the economic, social, sports and
spiritual developmentsin the province since the early days. He came to PNG as a
young man and settled in Goroka and became a leading figure in business,
sports, fighting against law and order.”
Merimba said Sir Danny had lived and worked in the highlands for more than 50
years before he moved back to his birthplace in Toowoomba.
Murray Bladwell, PNG National, PNG Post Courier