Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has paid tribute to the long-standing service of one of Moira Shire’s most respected citizens.
Speaking in parliament, Ms Sheed commended the community work of Yielima’s Stan Brown, a former local councillor, avid sportsman and life member of the Yalca-Yielima Fire Brigade, who passed away in March at the age of 102.
Ms Sheed described Mr Brown as ‘‘one of nature’s gentlemen.’’
Born in 1914, Stan lived close to his much loved Barmah Forest and Murray River; with wife of 64 years Vera and their large family.
Ms Sheed said one of Mr Brown’s much-told stories was of meeting Sir Donald Bradman.
‘‘Stan was 16 years old and was counselled by Sir Donald against the perils of cigarettes and public houses,’’ she said.
‘‘It was a warning he heeded as, in Stan’s words, ‘when Bradman tells you something, it makes a big impression’.
‘‘In delivering his grandfather’s eulogy, his grandson said: ‘He had many words of advice for us over the years, one being: always be kind to everyone and everything and you will be richly rewarded; and the other, if your work interferes with your sport, get a new job’.’’