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Notice of memorial service

02 Jun

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aids_ribbon.gifA Memorial Service for the Late Malcolm Gordon Gleeson will be held in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart Hospice, Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst Friday, 29th June 2007, commencing at 11:00am. It is a red ribbon occasion.

All who wish to celebrate his life are welcome to attend.

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If you have not yet done so, do visit the tribute to Malcolm.

The first two weeks after 1 June 2007

The Empress and I have approved the beautiful order of service prepared by Dorothy McRae-McMahon. People who wish to may bring some object they associate with Malcolm, as there will be a space in the service for the receiving of such objects.

A poem read at the actual funeral last week will be read again.

UPDATES

15 June 2007

Today I went possibly for the last time to Malcolm’s place for the great CD and book clearance: possibly 1,000 books. Peter from 2MBS-FM was great; not so great was that only one lift in The Northcott — do read that — was working. Still, with a shopping trolley and a proper trolley we managed to get them all down from the third floor and into the van.

One odd coincidence is what was already in the van: Marcellous’s books!

I brought home a bag of items for the Bangarra Dance Theatre archives; yes he had a connection there too!

I found a great picture of Malcolm as a young sailor. He was very handsome.

I also found a small book of quotations in English and German, written by Malcolm. Here is one surprising one.

If you love without evoking love in return — that is, if your loving as loving does not produce a reciprocal love; if through a living expression of yourself as a loving person you do not make yourself a loved person, then your love is impotent — a misfortune.

— Karl Marx, 1844 Manuscripts

18-19 June

The Empress has finished with Malcolm’s flat now. He and I have a few formalities to do, then that’s it until the Memorial Service.

Today I had a nice letter from an old aunt of Malcolm in Tasmania.

I see Sirdan has just been reading this in South Africa. See his comment on the guest book.

20 June

You will see I have created a page for the Memorial Service. It is simply the text of that service. I have sent a copy to the aunt in Tasmania.

There is a lovely comment just appeared from Norma, one of Malcolm’s colleagues in the NGO NorthAids: see the tribute page.

21 June

Sirdan returned to Sydney this afternoon from South Africa.

28 June

It seems I will be voicing others during the service. I am of course reading what Malcolm said of himself, as on the tribute page. That was not read at the actual funeral, and Malcolm wanted it read at the memorial service. I also received another letter and a poem from his Aunty Joy in Tasmania. She was glad to receive the documents I sent her. It turns out too that she knows Dorothy McRae-McMahon’s brother!

This entry is now archived to its beginning date. The order of service has now been unlocked. It will be expanded after the event.

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Posted by on June 2, 2007 in Events, Marcel

 

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14 responses to “Notice of memorial service

  1. Danny

    June 15, 2007 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Neil,

    I have kept up to date,
    still feel the love.

    I certainly have missed the family,
    it is absolutely wonderful to be with them again,
    see you soon
    Danny

     
  2. ninglun

    June 15, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    Look forward to it, Sirdan.

     
  3. marcellous

    June 15, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    I twigged about the box after I left the comment. Funny about the call though!

     
  4. kanani

    June 18, 2007 at 7:51 am

    I wish I’d known him.

     
 
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