Mul­wala’s Pat Tal­bot farewelled

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ROBERT MUIR

An over­flow­ing crowd of mourn­ers at St Brigid’s Catholic Church bid farewell to Mul­wala icon Pat Tal­bot on Mon­day. Pat, 84, passed away at Yar­ra­wonga Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day, March 21.

The Fu­neral Mass cel­e­brat­ing the life of the much re­spected and pop­u­lar Pat, and af­fec­tion­ately known as ‘Patsy’, was con­ducted by par­ish priest Fr Rick Mi­callef, as­sisted by for­mer par­ish priest Fr Bernie Thomas.

Fr Mi­callef said Pat’s gen­eros­ity and wel­com­ing at­ti­tude to all was re­flected in the ser­vice’s Open­ing Hymn ‘Come As You Are’, which he per­son­ally ex­pe­ri­enced with din­ners in the Tal­bot house­hold.

“Pat and Paul made me feel at home. It was a priv­i­lege to know Pat. She had a sense of hu­mor and was loved by all her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren who can cher­ish so many won­der­ful mem­o­ries,” Fr Rick said.

The eu­logy was de­liv­ered by niece, Chloe John­son, daugh­ter of Al­lan and Liz. Chloe’s well-pre­sented eu­logy in­cluded the fol­low­ing: “Pat was born Pa­tri­cia Mary McGrath on 18th Oc­to­ber 1933 in Yar­ra­wonga. She was the fourth child of James and An­nie where they lived in Mul­wala.

“Pat com­pleted all of her school­ing in Mul­wala and be­gan work­ing at the rain­coat and shoe fac­tory in Yar­ra­wonga. Mov­ing to Mel­bourne briefly for a few years, she re­turned in her early twen­ties to look af­ter her sick mother and dis­abled sis­ter.

“Af­ter car­ing for her mother for a num­ber of years, Pat then com­menced em­ploy­ment at the Mul­wala Post Of­fice as the first fe­male postie in 1958. It was here that she met Paul Tal­bot from Wah­gun­yah, who was work­ing as a mail con­trac­tor. They were mar­ried in 1961 at this very church.

“Nana and Pop went on to have seven chil­dren - Leanne, Greg, Chris, Dot, Paula, Kylie and Jenny. Nana and Pop shared a beau­ti­ful re­la­tion­ship. They were never apart and the best of friends. Mail runs as the fam­ily busi­ness were a big part of their life and were a great op­por­tu­nity to teach all the kids how to drive.

“Pat’s life re­volved around her chil­dren. In their younger years she was in­volved with their school and sport­ing groups and there was lots of jug­gling.

“Most win­ters the fam­ily headed up to Queens­land for a fam­ily hol­i­day. Pat and Paul had a great so­cial life. Grow­ing up in a small town, Pat had many close friends.

“Paul’s years in coun­cil (25 years Corowa Shire Coun­cil) also in­cluded many so­cial out­ings with great friends. Paul says that when­ever he had to get up to speak Patsy would give him some sound pub­lic speak­ing ad­vice to ‘not carry on’.

“The phone was al­ways a hot­line with towns­folk call­ing through to dis­cuss coun­cil is­sues - so much so that Pat was al­ways call­ing out to Paul in the yard to come to the phone. A pet cock­a­too was known to mimic Patsy call­ing out at all times of day: ‘Paul, you’re wanted on the phone’. It was hard to tell whether it was Pat or the bird.

“Nana loved her 14 grand­chil­dren and was lucky enough to spend plenty of qual­ity time with them and see them grow into beau­ti­ful young men and women.” Grand­chil­dren Ab­bie Hicks and Judd Hooper re­called many cher­ished mem­o­ries with their well com­bine trib­ute.

The cortege left for the Mul­wala Ceme­tery, via the Tal­bot’s res­i­dence in Ed­ward Street Mul­wala. Hun­dreds of mourn­ers then re­called won­der­ful mem­o­ries of Pat at ClubMul­wala.

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