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Prest described as "generous man" at funeral

Gladstone icon Bill Prest will be remembered at a funeral today
Gladstone icon Bill Prest will be remembered at a funeral today Chrissy Harris

BILL Prest has been described as a generous man who considered his family the "love of his life" at his funeral this morning.

More than 100 close family and friends flocked to the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church for the former ALP figure's public funeral in Gladstone.

Bill's eldest child Darryl delivered the eulogy at the funeral and told guests the story of his father's life which began in Longreach.

Members of Gladstone Regional Council including mayor Gail Sellers and deputy mayor Matt Burnett paid their respects on the day.

Local Independent MP Liz Cunningham was also in attendance.

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Earlier:

FORMER Gladstone mayor Bill Prest will be remembered at a public funeral this morning.

Mr Prest passed away on the weekend beside close family and friends at the age of 86.

The funeral will be held at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 11am.

Mr Prest was a Labor Party member who held the state seat of Port Curtis for 16 years.

He will also be remembered for his time as Gladstone mayor before and after it was recognised as a city.

Gladstone Regional Council mayor Gail Sellers passed on her condolences to his family.

"He will be remembered across the region. I pass on my condolences and have great sympathy for his family" Ms Sellers said.

GRC deputy mayor Matt Burnett said he knew the Prest family quite well, with his children being taught by Mr Prest's daughter Liz Fallon at Kin Kora State School.

"He was a great mayor for the community and he will be recognised by all members of Gladstone Regional Council," he said.

"He will be remembered as one of the representatives of our community. He was a good man."

Mr Prest's service to the community was honoured in 2010 when Gladstone Regional Council named the Gladstone Port Access Bridge after him.

Topics:  bill prest, death, former mayor, funeral, gladstone, gladstone regional council, mp, polair, rememberance.


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