It is my sad duty to inform of the passing of Kerry Rathie. Kerry was admitted to hospital last Sunday with pneumonia, where on Wednesday, he suffered heart failure.
Kerrie and Annabel joined the Society in the 1980s and were long-time members of the Logan Branch. In recent times, they moved to Toowoomba, becoming involved with the Branch, where Annabel is currently Secretary.
Kerry’s passion for native plants is well known, particularly the genus Brachychiton. His studies in Genetics held him in good stead in his work with Brachychitons, producing several cultivars, and producing a book specific to Brachychitons. He also co-authored the book “Mangroves to Mountains”, along with his friends Jan Glazebrook, Denis Cox and Glenn Leiper.
His work in the Society as Seed Curator, dispensing collected seed through the Society and other “not for profit groups”, ensured the propagation of many species, otherwise not available. He leaves a lasting legacy, with his Brachychitons and the work undertaken, along with the books. We’ll be seeing the name Kerry Rathie for sometime to come.
Our condolences to Annabel and family during this sad occasion. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed. The arrangements will be a private funeral for the Family only.
Annabel, in her time of grief is thinking of others, requesting people not to travel or subject themselves to a large crowd situation, during this time of the COVID-19 situation.
I was also informed of the passing yesterday of Rob Connolly, Sandra Connolly’s husband. Sandra is the Treasurer of Logan River Branch and is our wonderful Roster organiser for our Plant Sale events.
Our condolences also to Sandra and her family as they come to terms with the loss of a dear one. Also keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangement are yet to be confirmed.
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