Tribute a labour of love for Des

Castlemaine artist Anne Rittman with Wendy Brady and the unique art casket tribute they created for Des Brady who passed away in recent days. Photo: Eve Lamb

When well known Castlemaine local Des Brady was laid to rest this week after sustaining a fatal aneurysm, he was surrounded by many of the things he loved best in life.
They were hand-painted onto his casket in a unique tribute to honour the long serving and well-loved local mechanic’s life.
When Mr Brady, 80, passed away on September 14 his wife Wendy decided to do something special to honour Mr Brady who had lived in Castlemaine since his 20s after beginning life at coastal Rosebud and doing his mechanics apprenticeship at Echuca.
Wendy contacted family friend and local professional artist Anne Rittman with an idea.
Several days of dedicated work later, the result was a magnificent personalised casket which had been lovingly hand-painted by Anne and Wendy.
The casket and its lid feature many of the things Mr Brady held dearest in life including wildlife and native flora… Read more in the Castlemaine Mail, Friday, September 25, 2020.

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.