A Message from Barb Callan

It is hard for me to find the right words to express myself,  but inadequate as this seems, l would like to thank you all for your messages of condolence.  Ian’s funeral was a great event that we felt was a fitting testament to the man he was and am so thankful that we were able to share it with so many of you.
I would also like to thank all those who shared Ian’s journey last year. Your support during the year gave both of us a huge lift every time you made contact, either in person or by phone or email, and was very much appreciated.
Now it’s all over l still keep expecting him to walk in the door. I am so thankful that l have moved to our apartment and that Ian was able to live here for his final few weeks, we both love it.
So please don’t lose touch – Ian was,  as you all know, a great one for staying in touch, and l intend to keep that going.
My sincere thanks to the Class of ‘72
With love, till we meet again
Barb (and Callo) xxxx

Recording of Live Stream-Callo’s Funeral

The live stream of Callo’s funeral is now available. I’m assuming that if you received the forwarded invitation you can watch it using your own credentials. I have tried to downbload it, but there are costs involved which I need to follow through to confirm. As I understand it, the recording is available for 90 days. Anyone who doesn’t have a login can use mine – the email address is cran.act@gmail.com and the passwoird is FZWZCN. Go to https://oneroomstreaming.com/family-and-friends, and enter those details above: I have done so and it worked, so fingers crossed!

A Last Wave from Callo

Last Wave
Callo’s funeral service yesterday (29 December) was an accurate and appropriate farewell to our mate. His two sons beautifully captured the family man that he was, and will continue to be in their and our memories. John Black delivered a fitting and lovely eulogy for a good mate just held it together. I reckon Callo would have been very (unusually) quietly  happy with his send off. As well as what appeared to be a full house at Somerville, many of the class watched the live stream.

Update on Callo’s Funeral

I have now received the invitation to the online streaming of Callo’s funeral. I can forward the invitation, but rather than send it to all, could you please let me know if you’d like to receive it.  The invitation states that it is from 1.55 to 4.30. It also states that a recording will be available for 90 days after the funeral, so I will look to download it and make it available.

Can I repeat the call for names if you wish to attend the wake after the funeral – by tomorrow (Thursday 24 December) please. This is to assist with getting the catering numbers right. In your reply please info John Black at john@trustblack.com.au  John will pass on the information to David Callan,  Ian and Barb’s son.
David has sent me a link to a Cancer Council website where he is raising funds for cancer research (see attached image). It is at https://www.longestday.org.au/fundraisers/davidcallan/qld

Please have a look and donate in Ian’s memory if you so wish.  I think the nature of the challenge is just so right for Ian!

Callo’s Funeral Update

Details are yet to be confirmed, hopefully later today, but initial advice is that the funeral is on Tuesday 29 Dec 2020 at 1.00 pm at Somerville Funeral Chapel, 129 Nerang – Broadbeach Road Nerang followed by a Wake at Vantage High Rise Ross Street, Benowa.

Ian’s son David has requested that those attending let him know, particularly so that numbers for catering for the wake can be passed on to the caterers. Please reply to rmcclassof1972@gmail.com and to john@trustblack.com.au and John will pass on the names to David.

Advice from Sommerville Funerals is that the capacity of their venue is 90: overflow can attend outside.They have also advised that the funeral will be streamed – a link to the broadcast is on its way, and will be posted on the blog and on Facebook.

Should you wish to send condolences, Barb Callan’s address is Unit 4062, 21 Ross Street Benowa Qld 4217.

If you haven’t previously received the above message by email, please let me know at rmcclassof1972@gmail.com as your email address we hold may be wrong.

Callo’s Funeral

Advice just in:

Funeral is on Tuesday 29 Dec 2020 at 1.00 pm at Somerville Funeral Chapel 
129 Nerang – Broadbeach Road Nerang 
with Wake after at Vantage high rise Ross Street Benowa

Latest advice that I can find is a max of 2oo attendees: that may change at short notice.

Funerals conducted in a professional venue may be attended by a maximum of 200 people irrespective of the size of the venue.

Private ceremonies performed at private residences can have a maximum of 50 people attend including the service director. Those in public outdoor spaces are capped to 100 people. Up to 200 people may attend if there is a COVID Safe Industry Plan, Checklist or Event Checklist in place.

It is important if you are unwell, that you do not go to a funeral.

A record of names and contact details of each guest must be kept for 56 days to assist in contact tracing if required.

Source: Going out, travel, recreation and gathering in Queensland

Movement and Gathering Direction (No. 7)

What’s changed from 1am AEST on 1 December 2020

Accessed at https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions/movements-gatherings#:~:text=Funerals%20may%20be%20attended%20by,contact%20tracing%20if%20required.

Message from Barb Callan

Message just received:

Sadly Ian’s health has taken a turn for the worse. He is now in palliative care at home (in our new apartment) and in no pain. His spirit is high and to look at him you wouldn’t know he was sick apart from weight loss.The cancers in his liver are very aggressive and now untreatable.We are stunned at this sudden decline and thankful he is not suffering.Barb