Music and laughter were in Bryce Whitaker's soul
MARYBOROUGH Brass Band president and conductor Bryce Whitaker had two purposes in his life - to make music and bring laughter to those around him.
His son, Stephen Whitaker, said his father's love of music was always a part of Whitaker family life.
"It's all about music and laughing, that was his whole life, he was never down and out," he said.
Stephen said his dad was a generous man and his parents had instilled strong family values into their children.
He said his well-known dad dedicated much of his life to his community and his beloved brass band.
"One thing my sister said is that his loss is a huge loss to his family and friends but also to the wider Maryborough community," he said.
Stephen said his father's health had been gradually declining and his death at the age of 72 on September 5 was quick and peaceful.
Good friend of 63 years Gil Gibson said Bryce grew up as part of a musical family and learnt to play a B Flat Cornet at a young age.
His musical talent led him to achieve a permanent seat in the then famous Maryborough Federal Band, known now as the Maryborough Brass Band.
Bryce went on to hold important leadership positions within the group, in a career spanning more than six decades.
His significant contributions to music and the local community earned him many awards, including an Order of Australian and in 2012 he received a distinguished service medal at the Best of Brass Championship in Maryborough.
"Anything he chose to do, he gave it his best ... he worked tirelessly for his family and the brass band movement," Mr Gibson said.
Bryce was a loving husband to his late wife Faye, a devoted father and father-in-law to Stephen and Carolyn, Glen and Anita, Joanne and Rod Jenkins and a proud grandfather to Alex, Sam and Steph, Anna and Michael, Bryn, Rhys, Evan and Anneke.
- The funeral service of Bryce Whitaker will be held at St Stephens Uniting Church, Sussex St, Maryborough, on Thursday, September 12, at 11am.