from sunny Australia!
Well, it’s been a while and the Walshes have marked some very sad milestones in recent years…
Dear Uncle Alan passed away on February 11, 2007 and his daughter, our cousin, Dianne (aged 52) followed on May 11.
Within a month of each other, our cousins Stewart (aged 49 of Wagga Wagga) and Neville (aged 60 years and one day, of Mount Martha) died – on February 2, and on February, 27, 2012, respectively. Stewart passed away suddenly and Neville, after an illness. Both left behind loving families and friends. Dear Uncle Allen (of Bradvale) died peacefully on Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2012. We miss him and his gentle ways. Earlier this year, Uncle Hector (mum’s cousin, aged 90) left us, on May 2, with lots of fond memories of Airey’s Inlet and trips to Melbourne.
And today we said a teary farewell to Brian (aged 85). He was a devoted and cherished husband of 54 years to Jean, very much-loved father of Janatha, Eleanor, Caroline, Catherine, Martin, Gregory and Rosemary, grandfather to Malachy and Loulou, father-in-law to David, Alan, David, Janine and Rosy. A loving brother to Allen (dec.), Nancy and Geoff. Faithful master to Cooper and many other pets over the years (Mac, Ben, Suzi, Sandy, Roo – to name a few).
So now, I suppose, he will be in heaven with his mum and dad – our Nana and Pa – and Uncle Allen, nephews Craig, Stewart, Murray and Neville, and niece Diane and all the relatives and friends he’s talked about over the years and who meant something to him. He’ll be, no doubt, up for a few rounds of golf with his buddies, Uncle Ted and Uncle Peter, exchanging clever repartee with Uncle Allen, and probably popping his head around the corner to check out some of his old workmates who may still be slaving away over plans and drawings on a draughtsman’s table. Maybe he will invite them to lunch for a steak and a $2.00 bottle of Grange like the old days…
I wonder if he’ll be shaking his head at us when we don’t mind our manners, and chide us when we mix metaphors. Will he still correct our poor grammar and upbraid us when we use “foul Americanisms” instead of speaking the Queen’s English? (Elle is exempt from this due to her extended exposure to the “Yanks”.) Will he still rant about stupid people and denounce the nonsense published in the newspapers? How very annoying that he’s almost always right.
In heaven, will he still enjoy doing crosswords and crostics, sipping on Australian reds and chomping fresh oysters? Will he re-read the Rumpole of the Bailey stories with as much pleasure second time around? Will he share his Green Tomato Pickles recipe and make home brews? I hope he does lots of bagpiper impersonations. They were great fun to watch when we were little and made us giggle till our tummies hurt.
I hope that all the little things that niggled him towards the end are no longer a source of irritation and worry. I hope the wretched coughing and wheezing have ceased and do not return to distress him. I really hope he doesn’t start smoking again.
Most of all I hope he is at peace. He deserves a bit of rest and some quiet. His patience, worn thin towards the end, was still pretty amazing over 85 years when you come to think of it.
I hope that he finds someone as good as me to beat him at Scrabble (or at least give him a run for his money). Oh, and dad, if you happen to find any $2.00 bottles of Penfolds Grange, maybe you will send them our way.
Love you, daddy, and miss you already. XXXXXXXX
Wishing you both an amazing birthday as you celebrate with family and friends in Melbourne with guests from Sydney, Melbourne, Chewton, and even New York!
See the invitation…
Hope you get lots of good wishes and great presents!
Here’s the Menu to get your tastebuds going!
…and here is the link to some photos!
Love from us all XXXXX
Wishing all a very Happy New Year with heapings of good health, lashings of happiness, bundles of joy and great wads of wealth – with a dash of spice, a pinch of drama and goodly dollops of luck and love!!
On February 28, 2009, Brian turned 80, so we thought that was a great reason for an international family reunion of sorts! Friends and family were invited to celebrate at a special lunch at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and, after lunch and speeches, he officially “launched” this site.
Guests travelled from across Australia and from the United States and Europe to join the lunch celebrations (click for menu!), and for some time afterwards stayed around to consume copious quantities of great Australian reds and whites, massive amounts of fresh seafood and enjoyed lots of chats, BBQs galore and played lots of games of Scrabble.
Speaking of Scrabble, Brian’s birthday cake (above) and card reflected the love and high regard in which he is held (here’s the solution) and his fondness and aptitude for the wordy puzzle.
For a peek at some of the highlights of the birthday lunch, we prepared an image gallery, including a short video of Brian’s speech! Click here to view…
(Click on the images then use the magnifying glass for close-ups!)
Happy 80th Birthday, Brian, Daddy & Pop!!!
ON February 28, 2009, Brian Walsh turned 80. Friends and family celebrated at a special lunch at the Castlemaine Art Gallery in central Victoria. As a special treat (and BIG surprise), he officially “launched” this website after lunch.
Guests travelled from across Australia and from the United States and Europe to join the celebrations, drank copious quantities of great Australian reds and whites, ate massive amounts of fresh seafood, enjoyed BBQs galore and played lots of games of Scrabble.
Speaking of Scrabble, Brian’s birthday cake reflected the love and high regard in which he is held – and his fondness and aptitude for the wordy puzzle. Here’s the design, so see if you can work out the greeting. (Here’s the solution!)
For a peek at some of the highlights captured on film of Brian’s adventures and experiences over the last 80 years, we planned to have image CDs available on request (there’s nothing worse than having a plethora of other people’s pictures foisted upon one!) We will also post some photos of the birthday lunch etc in late March.
Visit Brian’s Page for his reminiscences, ditties, thoughts and a bit of family history…and for someone who has “never really bothered with computers”, we may still convince him to author a blog every now and then. Well, we can try.