Mary, Isabella Burke, Michael, Louise Burke (née Easson), and Amanda Howard (née Easson), 14 February 2020 in the Botantical Gardens, on the park bench named in honour of Afif Gabriel Geha and Margaret June “Betty” Mariani, formerly Easson.
Our father, who art in heaven, was a complex man – humble, intelligent, self-deprecating (we all got our humour – the Easson wit – from him), proud of his Celtic blood (frugal, sentimental, fiery, brave.)
Today we not only bury mum, we celebrate her life, reflect on what she meant to each of us, we give thanks, we seek to understand. With my brother Shane, I thank in particular our magnificent sisters, Maree and Karyn, who cared so deeply, who were mum’s bedrocks, always a great comfort for mum over so many decades.
Photos from the wedding of the year, Karl Howard and Amanda Kate Easson at St Mary’s Cathedral, then at the Museum of Contemporary Arts on 19 May 2018.
Been a busy fortnight of mostly switching off and relaxing. New York is back to being my town. London beckons but the music, the variety and buzz of the Big Apple is hard to beat. Caught up with friends.
The wedding of Matthew Gordon Burke and Louise Alexander Easson at St Mary’s Cathedral, 30 April 2011.
In July 2009 my wife Mary Easson popped into Concord Hospital in Sydney for what we thought would be a routine operation, keyhole surgery to remove small fragments of gallstones left behind from a previous operation. She drove herself there mid-morning with the intention of my picking her up late afternoon the same day.
Welcome family, friends. Right from the start Mandy had character. Born this day in 1988 she had an impact. By instinct she knew that if she bawled loud enough it was feedtime.
Maree was the first of the bad Easson kids. First to stay out late, drink to excess, wake up really, really late on weekends; first to argue unconvincingly that she had puffed, but never inhaled. First to leave home.
Men and women of Wonderland! Tonight we use our imagination, travelling deep through the Looking Glass into Weasy’s world: “Curiouser and curiouser!”