The wedding of Miriam Yasso and Stephen Geesu, about 1960.
The wedding of Miriam Yasso and Stephen Geesu, about 1960. Contributed

Memory of pastor still alive, a decade on

STEPHEN Geesu was a Torres Strait Islander Elder and Pastor in Gladstone for 30 years, preaching Mt Zion Ministries Calliope, and then Gladstone.

Saturday marked 10 years since his death but with the celebration that was at the marina stage, it was clear the memory of the man is still alive.

Second eldest child to Uncle Stephen and Aunty Miriam, Caroline Geesu was with her five siblings and extended family from Mackay, Rockhampton, Thursday Island and Melbourne.

"Dad would have loved to had seen the great grandchildren today," she said.

Ms Geesu said her parents were married for close to 50 years and it was they who made sure the community around them was healthy, physically and spiritually.

"We're still all God's people," she said.

"Mum's faith and prayer keeps her going after all these years of his passing."

Uncle Stephen died from lung complications after years of post war smoking.

"Even to the end when he was not well he didn't show it. He was full of life in the eyes," Ms Geesu said.

Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett paid his respect on Saturday, along with former MP Liz Cunningham.

Cr Burnett said Uncle Stephen was a remarkable pastor and much-loved and respected member of the Gladstone community.

"Uncle Stephen, his wife Aunty Miriam and their family have dedicated their lives to bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gladstone Region community and improving their spiritual health and well-being," he said.

"His good work lives on even to this day."

Cut murray (a traditional underground cooking method), prayer, song and a tribute video made by one of the cousins took the memorial well into the late afternoon.



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