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The loved-up couple last month celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and as they entered the s, they entered their seventh decade together as a couple. After meeting as teenagers on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the Lord Forrest Olympic Pool back inthe duo quickly became inseparable. Since then they have had three children, Shane, Mandy and Toby, and become grandparents to nine.
Kalgoorlie woman Kylie Solly waited patiently to pick her father up from the Kalgoorlie Train Station last month. She did not know the reason for a two-hour train delay was because he had suffered a fatal heart attack onboard.
Peter Solly, 58, died aboard the Prospector on June 3 after a year long battle with lung cancer. Mr Solly was on his way back to Kalgoorlie-Boulder after a trip to Perth to catch up with family and attend medical appointments.
A short distance out of Kellerberrin, Mr Solly reportedly turned to a passenger next to him and said he was not feeling well. Seconds later, he slumped forward in his chair, having suffered a heart attack.
Two TransWA staff trained in first aid attempted to revive him, while St John Ambulance personnel rushed to meet the train at the next station, but Mr Solly did not survive. He lived a life as colourful as can be expected of a true Goldfields local.
His two adult children, Ms Solly and her brother Wayne, said they will remember their father as a happy go lucky old prospector. The Sollys said they were overwhelmed by how compassionately the situation was handled by TransWA staff and local police.
The Sollys said they will remember their father helping out friends and looking for gold in the bush. Ms Solly said her father kissed her and his only grandchild, two-year-old Amelia, for the first time she could remember, the last time she ever saw him.
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