Friends, family and the TNQ community are mourning the loss of Rose-Marie Dash, a pioneering businesswoman in the region.
Messages of condolence are being posted to Facebook as news of Rose-Marie’s passing after a battle with cancer spread.
Rose-Marie was a mum to four children and was well known in the community as a director of Advance Cairns, chief executive officer of H&S Vision Group and a board member of Catholic Education Cairns.
Advance Cairns chairman Trent Twomey paid tribute to her legacy saying she will be missed by all who knew her.
"She was CEO of one of Cairns’ largest companies and a director at Advance Cairns," he said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with her young family."
Messages to Facebook remembered Rose-Marie's "infectious smile" and "extraordinary determination".
"You are In my heart, memories and have become a part of our legacy. There is no goodbye, just a shift in how we communicate. Let us go with the flow xxx" - Alana Rose Sciacca.
"Another angel has gained their wings" - Shona Goddard.
"Thinking of you and your family! Such a great person ! Will be deeply missed X" - Hayley Joyce.
"This is indeed sad news and a great loss to all who knew you and your beloved family. To those left behind, my condolences and thoughts as you all pass through this hard time together. Bless you sweet angel. RIP" - Warwick Petersen.
"Rest peacefully our beautiful friend. You will be sadly missed xx" - Kelly Sciacca.
"Fly high beautiful Angel" - Amanda Clough.