Respected country gentleman farewelled
ST PATRICK'S Catholic Church was filled to capacity yesterday as the Gympie region farewelled Widgee legend Fabian Paul Webb.
The third youngest of the Webb children but the eldest of the three famously musical brothers who started the Gympie Country Music Muster, Fabian also began the Kilkivan Great Horse Ride and was a long-serving Kilkivan Shire councillor. He was 84 years old when he died in the Gympie Private Hospital last Saturday.
His son Anthony, supported by family, delivered the eulogy; recalling his inspirational father's many achievements, areas of public service and passions.
Fabian's akubra, polished boots and stirrups were among the items that accompanied his casket.
The quietly spoken, country gentleman was remembered for his love of the land, family, music and horses.
Among the Webb Brothers' songs played during the course of the service was the always moving Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home, Call of the Bellbird and Mountains High.
His former council colleagues were among the many who paid their respects.
A poem about Fabian, written 12 years ago by former councillor and Kilkivan Great Horse ride stalwart Mike Webb, entitled the Trail Boss, was included in the Order of Service.
One of its stanzas read:
"He was born to be a bushman,
"For the land was in his blood,
"The pioneering spirit in his soul;
"He learned to love the country
"With its fires, droughts and flood,
"He learned the hard way just what was his role."
Fabian lived his entire life on the family property Thornside.
He endured floods and droughts, and took the good with the bad. The land was good to him and he valued the need for life-giving rain.
At the graveside service which followed the church, mourners were invited to sprinkle some Station Creek water on his casket, "the lifeblood of the land".
Refreshments and a light luncheon were then held at the Gympie Golf Club. Fabian is survived by his wife Tanda, daughter Jane Anne, son Anthony, daughter-in-law Helen and grandchildren Matthew and Clare.