Stan Brown was one of nature’s gentlemen, and his contribution to his community makes him very worthy of mention today.
Born in 1914, Stan lived a long and fruitful life at Yielima, near Nathalia, close to his much-loved Barmah forest and Murray River.
He and his wife Vera, during their 64 years of marriage, raised four children and enjoyed a large extended family. He was a life member of the Yalca-Yielima Fire Brigade, serving for over 80 years, and was the communications officer up to the time of his death at the age of 102. He was a local councillor for many years and a life member of many community organisations.
He was also a keen sportsman; he played cricket all his life, and he played it well. One of Stan’s much told stories was of meeting Sir Donald Bradman. Stan was 16 years old and was counselled by Sir Donald against the perils of cigarettes and public houses. It was a warning he heeded as, in Stan’s words, ‘when Bradman tells you something, it makes a big impression’.
In delivering his grandfather’s eulogy his grandson said, ‘He had many words of advice for us over the years, one being “Always be kind to everyone and everything and you will be richly rewarded”, and the other “If your work interferes with your sport, get a new job”’. Stan Brown enjoyed a very full life contributing to his family and community, and in doing so achieved the great respect of his own community to whom he gave so much.