Umbrella Man

Back in 2013, Daryl was asked to be one of the Northwest Tourism “Characters of the Kimberley”. He was chuffed to be asked to do this important Tourism Campaign and revelled in being able to genuinely promote what he truly loved: Cable Beach & Broome. Daryl talked about his love of his home in Broome and his work on Cable Beach with so much passion.

Daryl loved Cable Beach and everything about it. He worked and volunteered on Cable Beach for the past 30 years. He worked for Ken Casey’s Jet Ski business, volunteered as a lifeguard then owned the Catamaran business. Then he worked for Jero Andrews’ Hire Hut, and eventually went on to own and operate the Beach Hut for the past 20 years: something Jero and Daryl referred to as being “the best job in the world”. Jero was a mentor and one of Daryl’s best mates.

Daryl’s life in Broome was embedded into the Cable Beach sand. Cable Beach was not just Daryl’s office, its where he married, where he played with his kids, swam, surfed, paddle boarded, volunteered for surf club, putting his heart and soul into this beautiful, unique, pristine beach… it’s also where Daryl’s ashes were scattered during a paddle out tribute during his Memorial Service on 22nd September 2023.

Daryl’s ability to remember people’s names and faces was a skill, this simple gesture made people feel special, everyone loves to be remembered! Which they were if they came to his Cable Beach office.

Daryl became the familiar face of Cable Beach, which gave people comfort when they were doing their morning beach walk or returning to Cable Beach on holidays. He gave a wave, a G’day or a bit of friendly banter.

Daryl’s legacy will certainly live on through his family, friends and all who knew him, both in our Broome Community and the many people he connected with from countries all over the world. He made Cable Beach and all our lives a much better place and we miss him deeply, but He will forever be in our hearts.