Music legend Marius Webb laid to rest
THE Gympie region's civic, rural and business leaders joined family, friends, the Widgee community and the music fraternity in St Patrick's Church yesterday to farewell local music legend and grazier Marius Webb, who died aged 82 in Brisbane last Sunday night after contracting pneumonia.
About 350 people attended the Thanksgiving Mass before Marius was laid to rest in the Gympie Cemetery yesterday afternoon.
The Widgee Rural Fire Brigade formed a guard of honour as his casket was taken from St Patrick's.
Marius was the second eldest of Widgee's acclaimed Webb Brothers, the talented country trio that put Gympie on the national music map in 1981 with their number one hit, Who Put the Roo in the Stew, and who then started the Gympie muster on their family property at Thornside in 1982.
His daughters Philomena Henry and Maria Townsend-Webb delivered a stirring eulogy, paying tribute to a kind and devoted family man who was a powerful presence in their lives.
His guitar and music were his second love, after family.
He cherished his musical career and was proud of his many years on the stage alongside his brothers, Fabian and Berard.
His daughters recalled an idyllic childhood, growing up at Widgee, surrounded by their fun-loving family and music.
Among the anecdotes they recounted was sharing lunch on the banks of Station Creek, behind their family home, with Slim Dusty and Chad Morgan.
There was also the time Queensland cricket team members visited and Greg Chappell injured himself falling off Marius's motorbike, leaving Marius to go in and bat for him in a special match between a select Widgee team and the Queensland team.
Marius was described as a man who loved his family, his community, his music and life on the land.
Beside his casket at the front of the church, his grandchildren placed a pair of his boots, his hat, the Golden Guitar won for Roo in the Stew and a snooker cue.
The mourners heard that Marius's snooker table was his "pride and joy" and was the focal point of many memorable family gatherings over the years.
Among the Webb Brothers' songs played during the service were Swagman, Don't It Make You Want to Go Home and Call of the Bellbirds.