HAPPY TIMES: Sir Graham and Lady Shirley McCamley at their beach house in Yeppoon.
HAPPY TIMES: Sir Graham and Lady Shirley McCamley at their beach house in Yeppoon. File

Farewell to lovely Lady McCamley

IT was one of the biggest funerals Rockhampton has seen for years, but for Lady Shirley McCamley's close family, it was the last chance to say farewell to a devoted grandmother, mother and loving wife.

St Paul's Cathedral was full with about 1200 mourners yesterday.

On Easter Sunday Lady McCamley was killed in a light wing aircraft crash on her family property, Tartrus Station, at Marlborough, 100km north-west of Rockhampton.

At yesterday's packed out funeral service, the eulogy was delivered by Shirley's sister-in-law, Leona McCamley. It was followed by touching messages of tribute from Shirley's close friends and cousin Bill Faint. These were read by Shirley's daughter Jennifer and grandson Ari McCamley.

“I would like to add, on behalf of Nan's seven grandchildren, a formal goodbye to our loving, devoted grandmother. Nan took a true interest in our lives and well being, from ensuring we were well fed to providing valuable advice and emotional support through the most difficult problems we faced. We will remember her love for us and her pride in us. We go forward from today guided by the principles she so clearly and consistently demonstrated and express for all how immensely proud we are of her,” Ari concluded.

Lady by title and lady by nature, Lady Shirley McCamley was admired by all who met her.

As the wife of beef baron Sir Graham McCamley, she was a leading force in the cattle industry.

She had just enjoyed an Easter lunch with her family when she set off in the plane with 19-year-old grandson Max. The plane crashed, killing Lady Shirley, 74, instantly.

Max was lucky to escape, but was flown to hospital for be treated for injuries.

Following yesterday's service, family and friends gathered at the home of John and Julie McCartney at Parkhurst.

There, Sir Graham spoke of his memories of Shirley and, when commenting that he had been humbled by the number of people who had come to pay their respects to Shirley, said “When asked in the future who I am, I will say I'm Shirley's husband.”

The pallbearers were Shirley's six grandsons, Ari McCamley, Remy McCamley, Max Velge, Ben Velge, Tom Woods and Sam Palm.



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