A 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sirdan returned to Sydney this afternoon from South Africa.
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.