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Items special to Bill, inset, were on the Murgon Town Hall stage during the memorial service ... notes for his newspaper column, family photos, his OBE citation, his trusty typewriter, a notebook, a pen and a camera ...

Bill Roberts and Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff cut the cake at the Castra Debutante Ball held last year

February 20, 2018

The memorial service for Bill Roberts – “a Murgon man through and through” – attracted a large crowd of family members, friends and former council and political colleagues to Murgon Town Hall on Monday.

The former Murgon Shire mayor and Country Party stalwart was laid to rest at Murgon Cemetery earlier in the day in a private ceremony.

The public memorial service which followed was an opportunity for Bill’s three children – Scott, Swain and Kay – to share their family memories with Bill’s friends and colleagues, and for tributes to Bill to be presented by long-time friends, former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (see audio link, below) and current South Burnett Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.

Unfortunately, Bill’s widow Mary – also a resident at Castra – was too ill to attend the memorial service.

Mr Truss described Bill as “truly Mr Murgon”.

“He was the face and voice of the town. He was a committed and powerful advocate for Murgon and worked tirelessly for the facilities and services that a strong town and community needed,” Mr Truss said.

In her tribute, Cr Duff listed Bill’s many community activities and then referred to his love of alliteration in his long-running newspaper column, Hub Rattles.

She summed up his achievements in Hub Rattles style:

The End Of An Era For Murgon

Bill has been a battler for the bush, a mentor for many, a magnet for Murgon and he will be missed by the multitude.

Community, co-operation, consideration and charity made up his character.

He was a remarkable, recognisable rock for our region.

He was a statesman, a gentleman, and a role model for Murgon.

The legacy he leaves behind is legendary of a life well-lived.

Rest In Peace Bill Roberts, OBE

The Hub has been rattled, your race has been run, but you will never be forgotten for what you have done.

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LNP Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington was an apology for the Memorial Service but she passed on the following tribute:

Bill Roberts spent his whole life working diligently for Murgon, Cherbourg and the South Burnett. He and his wife Mary were dedicated to the development of our region. We should feel truly blessed to have had such a remarkable community member who made such an impact across all of his community and professional achievements. My sincerest condolences to the Roberts family.

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Pastor Cam Rub officiated at the Memorial Service at Murgon Town Hall

South Burnett Mayor Keith Campbell and former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien and his wife Sharon

Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff, Cr Ros Heit, and former Deputy Premier and Member for Callide Jeff Seeney

Bill Roberts had a front-row seat at the Murgon Music Muster in November ... despite living at Castra, Bill was still keeping in touch with everything that was happening in the town right up until his death

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