One of Ned Kelly’s sisters, Margaret Simmons is comforted by a mourner following a service for Ned Kelly.
One of Ned Kelly’s sisters, Margaret Simmons is comforted by a mourner following a service for Ned Kelly. Jacklyn Wagner

Tears flow for Ned Kelly

TEARS flowed yesterday as more than 80 people gathered to celebrate the life of Broadwater man Edward "Ned" Kelly at Lismore Memorial Gardens.

The sounds of reggae legend Bob Marley greeted mourners as they filed into the chapel to pay their last respects to a man described as an "artistic, kind, creative, wonderful person".

Mr Kelly was found beheaded in his River St home on June 22 by police, after a friend called them our of concerned they had not seen Mr Kelly in a few days.

Mr Kelly's sisters Margaret and Josephine paid tribute to their late brother and his former partner. Barbara's daughter Naomi read out a poem she penned about "Ned".

Margaret lovingly reflected on "The wonderful magnificent life of our brother Ned.

"The wonderful thing my brother has left me is the ability to stand up and speak from my heart.

"He was a genius in his own right and like many talented artists he will be remembered more now he is dead."

In her tribute, Josephine asked her brother why he changed his name from James Harold Engelsman.

"Why did you change your name to Edward Ned Kelly?

"Because you knew you would make the headlines in the media and be famous.

"You did in the end but not the way any of us would have wanted.

"I hope you find peace now that you are reunited with mum, dad and Jozeph.

"I love you my brother, have a nice long rest and for God's sake don't argue with Dad."

Following people's tributes, an amazing audio slideshow showed photos of Ned and his family, synchronised with music and words describing Ned.

Songs played included He ain't heavy, he's my brother. Tears flowed, including a few from this reporter, as people remembered the life of a remarkable man who touched many, while mourners burst into chuckles of laughter when amusing photos were shown.

Words used to describe Ned included creative, fun, imaginative, artistic, amazing, persistent, talented, thoughtful, stubborn, kind, powerful and with a wicked sense of humour.

Ode to Edward 'Ned' Kelly

I'm angry and I'm frustrated,

feeling like a fool,

not knowing how to deal

with a world that is so cruel.

If anyone has the answers

of how or why or when,

Ned would have a theory

or two or maybe even ten.

He'd contemplate this situation,

he'd think it through and through,

come up with a crazy brilliant reason why we do just what we do.

His words would paint a picture,

a smile upon his face,

he'd find a way to understand and put it in its place.

He was a man of passions,

contented with his lot.

Living life for how it feels

not for what you've got.

A legend and a gentleman

in his life and in his art,

I'll remember you Ned Kelly

forever in my heart.

Written by Naomi Mikkelsen.



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