Loving farewell for stal­wart

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park Need A Tradie? - Su­sanne Reilly

HUN­DREDS showed their re­spect for a man who touched the lives of thou­sands when they at­tended the mov­ing and poignant fu­neral of com­mu­nity leader Cedric Wy­att on Oc­to­ber 2.

The fa­ther of Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att, Cedric Wy­att fought all his life for the ad­vance­ment of the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity. He died on Septem­ber 25 after an ill­ness, aged 74.

Such was the depth of re­spect for the Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent that there was a stand­ing ova­tion at the farewell cer­e­mony, held at Trin­ity Col­lege Chapel.

A for­mer Clon­tarf Col­lege stu­dent, Mr Wy­att spent most of his adult life es­tab­lish­ing, de­fend­ing and en­hanc­ing the le­gal in­ter­ests of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple.

Friend and for­mer La­bor MP Tom Stephens paid trib­ute to his pub­lic life.

“The use of the words af­fa­ble and gre­gar­i­ous are mas­sive un­der­state­ments,” he said.

“He trav­elled the State do­ing what had to be done at that time and build­ing up a top qual­ity pro­fes­sional net­work. And much of that net­work is around this chapel to­day.”

Son and Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att touched on his fa­ther’s child­hood. He told a story about a time his fa­ther shot the priests’ wash­ing off the line.

It was clear the im­pact his dad had on the peo­ple he met, as the man re­sponsi- ble for bring­ing him back after the wash­ing shoot­ing in­ci­dent was present at his fu­neral.

Ben said when he was elected to Par­lia­ment, peo­ple got “two Wy­atts for the price of one.”

“I would find Cedric in my of­fice chair, on the phone, and would be told by fran­tic elec­torate staff that they would deal with my re­quests once they dealt with Cedric’s,” he said

He said it was sug­gested that he change the sign to Cedric Wy­att and Son. Ben spoke fondly and highly of his fa­ther who had a re­mark­able life.

He said his fa­ther al­ways knew that you did not take any­thing when you de­parted.

“What we leave be­hind is fam­ily, friend­ship and mem­o­ries,” he said.

MLA Ben Wy­att.

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