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04 May 2018

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It was such an honour that I was able to attend Sir Reg's farewell Requiem Mass and to listen to his son Joe's magic words of remembrance. It was so uplifting.

I heard how ready Sir Reg was to pass on as he had suffered so much lately. The Dominican celebrant said that just a few days ago he met Sir Reg at his son's parish church and he had to laugh when Reg had a glance around and just nodded and said "OK this will do".

And he said that, even with all his suffering, each time he saw Sir Reg lately he was greeted by the usual beautiful smile that could light up Suncorp Stadium.

On the farewell leaflet there was a poem that was typical of Sir Reginald Robert Barnewall:

LET ME GO

Now I have come to the end of the road
and the sun has set for me...
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room !
Why cry for a soul set free ?
Miss me a little ...but not too long-
and not with your heads bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared-
Miss me: and let me go.

OMG that was that grand guy who had lived life to the full.
Even in a wheelchair with one leg missing and in pain he attended an Anzac Ceremony a few weeks ago.

In my article I mentioned he founded two airlines but Joe also said he also founded an airline in New Zealand. No idea where he squeezed that one in.

Boggles the mind to keep track of the interesting people and complex deals he had been involved with over the years. And yet so humble that he was so intensely interested in other peoples minor stories.

A true legend if ever I have met one.

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