Celebrating the extraordinary life of Sue Robbins
By YVONNE McLEAN
FROM all walks of life, they came in their hundreds to the Elanora Uniting Church last Thursday to farewell and celebrate the far too short life of Cr Sue Robbins.
Joining the close-knit family and nearest and dearest friends, were Sue's council colleagues elected members and staff, state politicians, lawyers, businessmen and women, chambers of commerce and old mates from Albert Shire days who remembered her well.
Hundreds were in the church congregation and hundreds under cover outside.
So many there gave testimony to the love and respect Sue won not only through her determination to make things better, but for herself, her toughness in debate, her gentleness in concern for people's well being.
The service for Sue was conducted by the Rev Glennis Johnston of the Elanora Uniting Church and the Rev Dave Thomas of the little Uniting Church of Tallebudgera Valley - a church Sue liked to call her own.
The eulogy to her was delivered by her daughter Bree, husband Ken, sister Robyn and sister-in-law Christine.
All described, in different ways, the stubborness, passion, humour and love in Sue.
Bree spoke of the high standards Sue had instilled in her - of honesty, fairness, thought for others, the attribute of forgiveness - but not necessarily forgetting.
For Bree and Robyn, Sue had been a role model.
Knowing Bree, listening to her calling on all her strengths to confront that huge congregation, making them laugh at some of the funny things that her mother did and said, it's clear Sue will live on in Bree - they are so alike in looks, body language and probably in mind.
For the Gold Coast City Council Cr David Power and officer Warren Rowe spoke of a councillor who was one of the few who read and deeply studied reports and agendas.
Cr Power described her amazing energy and of times she would phone him up to 16 times a day to discuss some issues she was seeking to clarify.
He praised her honesty and integrity and said Sue was one of the finest, most achieving councillors he had ever known.
Both emphasised Sue's passion for the job, her sense of fun and tease.
Last Thursday's service revealed her as a truly exceptional human being.
So much has been learned about Sue since her death.
A pictorial remembrance of Sue on giant screens in the church showed her as a baby, teenager, mother, wife and councillor.
On the back page of a printed memorial were words so like Sue.
The poem ends with:
When you are lonely and sick of heart
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds,
Miss me, but let me go.
The coffin, amassed with roses, was escorted to the waiting limousine by Robina High School Naval cadets.