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Tom (SAC 1972), Peter (SAC 1973) and Bryan (SAC 1976), Daniel and Marian, Catherine, Maree and Rodney Holm, grandfather of Will (SAC 2007), Joseph (SAC 2008), Paddy Phillipa and Joe, Clayton, Andrew, Peter and Natalie. Laurie (Year 11) and Tom (Year 9). For many years Bruce served as faced his dear wife Joan’s untimely death through illness and dentist to a large number of Sydney based Jesuits as well as their son, David’s, premature accidental death, with stoic many members of the Aloysian Family from his practice based acceptance. In those more cruel moments the real strength of in Cammeray which is now operated by his son Tom. his belief and faith flourished. We gather in a place of prayer, worship and reflection. 1944 Though we come from a variety of backgrounds and for Dr Laurence Georgeson OAM (SAC 1944) different reasons, we are nevertheless united in the Requiem 27th July 1927 – 16 September 2011 Mass in giving thanks and praise to God for Laurie’s life, and for the gift of faith which underpinned its refinement. Like us A Requiem Mass attended by his family, a large number of all, he lived and died very humanly with the normal measure friends, former colleagues and patients to honour the life and of imperfection, the lot of every person. He would quickly ask passing of Dr Laurence Edwyn Georgeson OAM (SAC 1944) our kindly prayer for God’s cleansing mercy, that he be so was held at St Joseph’s Cathedral, Bundaberg (Qld) on Friday, prepared to embrace and enjoy the beauty of God in eternal 23 September, 2011. The following obituary has been edited life. from the Homily given at his Requiem Mass by the Vicar General of Rockhampton, Father John Grace VG Already, words from the Book of Life have been heard. The Bible, above all, provided Laurie the charter of Christian “My dear friends, Thank you, one and all, for forming this living. He stuck to the sacred way as if it was glued to him. very public recognition, respecting Dr Georgeson and so The words from the Book of Proverbs (Proverbs 3:1-6:17-26) expressing your prayerful sympathy to his family: remembering shaped his very style: “Don’t forget what I teach you. Never his deceased wife Joan and their son David, in Laurie’s Funeral let go of loyalty and faithfulness. Tie them around your neck; Mass. We enjoy the privilege of this sacred form, taking leave write them on your heart … Trust in the Lord with all your heart. from one who was a husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather Remember them in all you do … He will show you the right and great-grandfather as well as brother, brother-in-law and way.” This is a wisdom that gives understanding, which leads uncle to respective families. Laurie leaves us as an acclaimed one safely through life. With a conscience, clear and easy, friend and fellow believer – one who contributed remarkably “you will not be afraid when you go to bed, and you will sleep to the religious, civic and public life of this city and beyond. soundly through the night. The Lord will keep you safe”. Today, I gladly acknowledge the clergy present: Fathers The Apostle Paul, in commenting on the impact of life John Burns SM, Martin Durham, Frank Gilbert and John Hogan, and death on others, also reminded us that it is to the Lord each a beneficiary, in one way or another, of Laurie’s expansive that ultimately “we must give an account of ourselves.” interests. We are humbled by the many present, representative (Romans 14: 7-12) Laurie would feel humbled as he bent of those aspects of life which claimed Laurie’s interests and his knee in homage and praise to God. His sterling faith in his developed skills: his confreres of the medical profession, Jesus, strengthened by regular reception of Communion, had Aldermen (past and present) of this city, along with associates established a friendship which must have welcomed that final from Red Cross Blood Bank, The Model Aero Club, members journey with his divine companion to the “place prepared for of the Right to Life Association and Church related groups of him.” (John 14: 1-6) He knew Christ as “the Way, the Truth which he fostered. He was awarded the Order of Australia and the Life”. for his generosity to life. Everyone here has a fine story of By temperament and personality, Laurie was somewhat association. I tender the apology of our Bishop, who is at this stern and seriously minded, always sincere, apt to being time is celebrating a prior arranged funeral at Woorabinda demanding though not severe, at times blunt but never for one of the elders and leaders there. He requested that intentionally rude or offensive. He loved religion as he loved I mention his gratitude for the respect always given him by life itself. He possessed a rich and deep faith. His beliefs Laurie, especially in those matters where their points of view reached penetratingly into him, often perplexing and puzzling were at variance. Laurie was always gentlemanly towards the others who lacked similar insight. Laurie was totally unafraid Bishop and the Bishop appreciated that courtesy. of expressing his faith and absolutely undaunted by his Tuesday’s Rockhampton Morning Bulletin paid fine tribute audience. He was clear, consistent and uncompromising in to many of Laurie’s achievements. Jim Rundle, in his words of his convictions. He was troubled by any casual handling of remembrance today, has further enhanced the accomplished the sacred. record. After Mass is concluded and the Fly Past in Laurie’s Laurie grasped the Church, as God’s instrument of honour occurs, scheduled for around 3.20pm, remaining for purposeful structure and ordered nature. Laurie’s education in some refreshments in the Cathedral grounds, will be further the faculty of Medicine, and his Church formation generated occasion for the sharing of memories in him a life-long love of the Latin language, mostly preserved On a recent visit to Laurie in the Mater Hospital, he recalled in Catholic Liturgy. He relished the opportunity to celebrate his growing up in Adelaide, studying at the Sydney University it so. He always considered the Rosary as a sophisticated and then practicing medicine whilst rearing his family here. I form of prayer for it was a running reflection on the mystery of have very clear recall of the young children when they lived salvation. He was very strong in his beliefs and in his practices, on Dawson Road. As a father, he fulfilled that role meticulously. and one flowed from the other. He pained that a generation Today, they return their affections: Christopher and Susanne, seemed to be emerging without some basic necessities of life, St Aloysius’ College A Jesuit School for Boys _ Founded 1879 a l oy s i a d / page 75


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