Updated: Dec 9, 2020
At 11.30 am on the morning of Saturday 21 st November 2020, a dedication ceremony was held in the grounds of the QCA buildings to celebrate the life of Stuart Hourston, a late resident of Quinninup. There had been a public donation organised and a bench seat was purchased with the money raised. This seat along with a plaque will be placed in the garden at the front of the centre. Lynnette read out the eulogy for Stuart and it is quoted here in its entirety.
"Good Morning and on behalf of the QCA, welcome to everyone who has come today to commemorate the passing of a friend to Quinninup, and to participate in the dedication of Stuart Horston’s bench.
Welcome in particular to Stuart’s family who have travelled far to be here today.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all who made this event possible. Those who helped with the fundraising, those who donated, friends who assembled and sealed the bench, our wonderful plaque engraver and of course those who will still place the bench in its final position.
I personally knew Stuart as a friendly, helpful, courteous and kind person, always willing to help others. I will continue to remember him fondly as a gentle soul.
On behalf of all Quinninupians, I now dedicate this bench to the memory of Stuart Horston, with the reading of this short poem :
Not, how did he die, but how did he live?
Not, what did he gain, but what did he give?
These are the units to measure the worth
Of a man as a man, regardless of his birth.
Nor what was his church, nor what was his creed?
But had he befriended those really in need?
Was he ever ready, with words of good cheer,
To bring back a smile, to banish a tear?
Not what did the sketch in the newspaper say,
But how many were sorry when he passed away?
May all who rest upon Stuart’s bench, enjoy some peaceful moments of contemplation."