Charlie's song lives on
MARYBOROUGH will today bid farewell to Charles “Charlie” Cecil – an icon, a “true gentleman” and a “real dedicated” brass band player.
Best known as Maryborough’s Last Post bugler, Charlie lost his long battle with cancer on Sunday at age 88.
Mourning family and friends expect a full house at St Paul’s Anglican Church where the life of the Maryborough Brass Band member of 75 years will be honoured at 1.30pm.
“You wouldn’t have got a better father or more loving husband,” son Trevor said yesterday. “He was very much a family man both to his immediate family and to his larger family.
“Music became a very integral part of his life from age 14.”
Bryce Whitaker, president of the Maryborough Brass Band, played with Charlie for 60 years.
He said that while Charlie had been too unwell to play over the past 18 months, his name would live on as one of Maryborough’s finest cornet and saxophone players.
“Anyone who knew him could hear him before they saw him – he had a laugh you heard a mile away,” he said.
“He was one of those blokes ... when he said something you knew he was fair dinkum.”
Mr Whitaker said it was Charlie’s dedication that helped keep the Maryborough Brass Band running all these years.
“He used to say, I’ll play ’til I die and then I want to be buried with my cornet. He was real dedicated and a good bloke.”
Margaret McCullough, retired Maryborough RSL sub-branch secretary, said Charlie “proved time and time again to be a true and thorough gentleman” through his selfless contributions to the veteran and non-veteran community.
“For many years Charlie unselfishly volunteered his time in helping and supporting Maryborough sub-branch in sounding his bugle for the Last Post and Reveille at countless commemorative ceremonies,” she said.
“And on occasions had been called upon with very little notice to sound his bugle at funeral services for RSL members.”
Charlie, who in his younger days was crowned Australia’s best soprano cornet player, was also well known as one of the band members who played at the Tinana dances.
He was the dearly loved husband of late wife Edna.