ENTRY Music played by Siang Ching Ngu and Osborne
WELCOME and OPENING ADDRESS
Good morning everyone and welcome. My name is Mary Simpson, today’s Funeral Celebrant. We are most fortunate to have two live musicians to play in the chapel today. They are Siang Ching Ngu on the keyboard and Osborne on the cello.
We are here today because of the tragic loss of Professor Gavin Mooney and Dr Del Weston who passed away just over two weeks ago on December 19, 2012 in Tasmania.
In recognition of the tragic circumstances surrounding their deaths, the families politely ask that you consider a donation to either the Schizophrenia Research Institute or Sane Australia. The Schizophrenia Research Institute is the only medical research group in Australia dedicated to the prevention and treatment of the crippling and potentially devastating mental illness of schizophrenia; Sane Australia addresses all mental illnesses, providing essential support services to those in need, including the families of sufferers of mental illnesses. Please see one of the Funeral Staff for Donation Forms should you wish to make a donation or find out more.
The families of Gavin and Del have asked that today be a day of celebration. There are many great reasons to celebrate the lives of Gavin and Del, for theirs were truly remarkable. Many people here today, and indeed friends and family from across the nation and further afield who could not be with us, can attest to the brightness with which Gavin and Del’s lights shone.
Whilst we attempt to come to terms with the shocking loss of Gavin and Del, it is comforting to hold dear those special memories, where they individually or together warmed our hearts, lifted our spirits or touched our souls. Both in their own right and as a loving couple, Gavin and Del led lives full of accomplishment and distinction.
They were bound by an uncompromising moral code and a sense of justice and integrity second to none.
Today is a day to reflect on the best of what they have given us and – to appreciate their many sacrifices and considerable contributions. Today is a day to draw inspiration from their example and hope that others may follow in their path with similar conviction and grace.
I will now read The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.
TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
It is not often that people like Gavin and Del come around. They were an ideal match – two beautiful souls devoted to bettering the lives of others, committed to fighting injustice, always leading the way forward, always ready to take action. One can truly say that both Gavin and Del lived lives full of colour, warmth and purpose.