The St Philip's community was saddened by the death of David Gowty on Wednesday 6th March 2013, the day before his 67th birthday. He died in hospital in Brisbane from organ failure caused by aggressive non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
David's funeral was on 11th March in Brisbane. A well-attended memorial service was held on Wednesday 27th March at St Philip's.
David and Beryl were long-standing members of St Philip's and had moved from Canberra to Brisbane only recently following David's retirement. David and Beryl visited us on 3rd of February for Melinda's confirmation. Beryl and David's daugher, Sarah and son Tim and his wife Melinda are members of our church family.
David's life-work was in international development, which took him and his family on assignment to Africa and Asia and the Pacific. Most recently, David was a Planning Adviser in the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Nouméa.
At the commencement of David's funeral service in the Church of St Andrew the Apostle, Indooroopilly, family members brought symbols of David's life: a candle of faith, a jar of David's honey, an African milk container, a Vanuatu chief's spear, a book about the Geelong Cats, and a Mongolian head piece.
Read about David's bee-keeping legacy, as told by Dimitri Markotsis.