Glenne Gilbert

Mr PEARSON — I rise today to remember a life well lived and to remember local ALP stalwart Glenne Gilbert. Glenne died suddenly last week. She had been a passionate and committed supporter of the ALP. In the words of Whitlam, she maintained her rage and her enthusiasm.

Glenne was an inveterate user of Facebook and Messenger, and she could be guaranteed to cheer you up with a limerick, which was always at the expense of the Liberal Party. Glenne’s daughter Katharine wrote on Glenne’s passing:

Here’s to a wonderful woman, who loved her family, friends, red wine, the ALP and Essendon FC (not necessarily in that order),

Glenne never took a backward step or wavered in her support for progressive politics. When many other people ceased to follow politics, Glenne would be attending rallies or demonstrations, branch meetings or party functions with a passion and commitment that few could sustain. Glenne, with camera in tow, could always be guaranteed to be taking photos of everyone at an ALP function and would drop by the following week with a stack of photos. To quote Dylan Thomas, Glenne did not:

… go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Glenne, you did that and you made us all proud. I was fortunate to have you as a friend. Vale, Glenne Gilbert.