23/07/1944 - 29/08/2017
Brimbank Anglican Church, cnr Keilor Park Drive and Cemetery Road Keilor East
Friday, 08 September, 2017 at 01:30 pm
Family and Friends are invited to celebrate the Life of the late Malcolm Humphries at the Brimbank Anglican Church (cnr. Keilor Park Drive and Cemetery Road, East Keilor) at 1:30pm on FRIDAY 8 September.
Mal' was an amazing guy. We were privileged to journey with him in YFC, College, and Vanuatu. It was a lovely service, appreciated all that was said. Sorry, Betty & Karin we had to leave after Simon's Eulogy, due to Uncle being on his own. The way Mal' handled the last 5 months was inspiring, and told us heaps about the man and his faith. Betty you have been a source of courage and strength for him. Well done love, A & N xx
To view the slideshow I prepared for the funeral, use this YouTube link - https://youtu.be/AuOfznSKVZM The video of Uncle Mal towards the end is at Port Villa Church of Christ, Vanuatu, filmed during a family visit there in 2013.
Thank you to all who attended the services last Friday. The family are touched by your kind thoughts and compassion. It still feels a bit surreal that dad is not here. Small things can trigger off a wave of emotion. I appreciate it best when people simply say or write "I am sorry for your loss." That sums it up really. Compassion and loss. But there is always hope and dad left some 'gifts' hidden in this whole experience for us to find and polish. So I am still receiving from his example even after his passing. Thank you again. I hope people can navigate their way around this site and use it effectively. I will be organising a mention of dad's passing in the Vanuatu Daily Post as soon as possible. Many people in Vanuatu will be touched and saddened by the news. Dad had fulup rispekt wherever he went. My heartfelt best wishes to you all. I am deeply sorry for your loss. I hope you find a light of hope and many gifts from the blessing of the life of Mal Humphries. Thank you.
To Betty and the Humphries family, please know that you have my sincerest heartfelt sympathy at Malcolm’s sudden departure. I appreciate too the opportunity to leave my memories of the 26 years when Mal, Simon and myself were a family. Largely my overall memory of Mal, apart from being good looking, his love of life, laughter, his Christian standards, his positive attitude and generous nature, was his energy. He was involved in so much, always on the move. Before I met him at his 21st birthday he worked for Mobile Oil while attending accountancy classes at night school; for relaxation he played A-grade tennis, went ten-pin bowling, learnt to play the guitar and was relegated to the family’s garage for drum practise. At the Billy Graham Crusade he committed his life to Christ and soon became involved in the exhilaration of teenage ministry through Youth for Christ. It was during this time that we started dating. True to his effervescent and dynamic personality, we were engaged within six weeks. Then followed four years study at the College of the Bible which included ancient Greek, church leadership, sermon preparation plus preaching and home visitations at his Tootgarook church. Aside from lectures, assignments and study, he simultaneously ran tax and insurance agencies, supplied stationery for students, and during a drought year, a lawn mowing business; he even briefly sold ‘SWIPE’. He was a hard worker enjoying whatever he put his hand to. Upon graduation from Bible College, and with his many interests, he was still considering what his life’s focus would be. We moved for three years to the New Hebrides, prior to the island group becoming the self-determining Vanuatu. There he set up and managed office-systems for schools and hospitals, soon to be handed over and administered by the people of the new nation. Mal was modestly proud to have initiated the first company in Vanuatu to be 51% owned by the islanders. It was during this period that he realised he loved the challenge of building a business from the ground up. Back in Australia and for the past 40 years, his caring and selfless personality merged in the management of independent retirement villages and nursing homes. Forty years! Unfortunately my energy could not keep up with Mal as he optimistically endeavoured to fit his marriage and fatherhood into the brief hours between his many responsibilities. My respect for Mal never wavered and not wanting to hold him back, we parted. A few weeks ago, after his first operation, Mal phoned me to say he had had a realisation. ‘I am sorry that I was so busy I neglected you and Simon’ he confessed and we cried together; later we reminisced and laughed a lot, bonded still by affection. I sincerely reassured him ‘I never stopped caring.’ I have always been in awe of his frenetic energy, his imagination, personality and talents. And I will always appreciate that we shared our early lives together. Can’t you imagine that even now Mal is busy organising a welcome for each one of us? Until we meet again.