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(generated from captions) way of his game. He said that

we used that as an opportunity

to make up for things and I

think no-one would dispute that

he certainly has. He gave so much in his life through the Reach Foundation and there are

many people who have been

paying their thanks. Simon, affected by that here today,

thanks very much for that. We

will stay on the live pictures Melbourne as we wait for that from St Paul's Cathedral in

to start. I will just read a

few words that Gerard Whateley wrote. He enretched the town

through his determination change the lives of its most through his determination to

vulnerable inhab tants. He redefined

redefined the code becoming its

best and most enduring player,

opening its mind and removing

its borders.

(Reflective organ music


(Sings) # Australians all let us rejoice

# For we are young and free

# With golden soil and wealth for

# Our home is girt by sea

# Our land abound in nature's

gifts of beauty rich and rare

# In history's page let stage

# Advance Australia Fair # Advance Australia Fair hch hch in joyful strains then let

us sing

# Advance Australia Fair #

Let me extend a welcome to each

each and everyone of you here this morning to St Paul's

Cathedral in the heart of the

city of Melbourne. St Paul's is

to a place of special significance

to many people in the life of

this city. In addition to the

regular worship times is

visited by thousands of visitors

visitors each year, many pilgrims. Many tourists. On

special occasions, such as today, St Paul's Cathedral is a

place of unity and

I also extend a warm welcome

in to those who are participating

in this service across in Federation Square. To in this service across the road

in Federation Square. To those

watching the service at home or

at work. On behalf of at work. On behalf of the

cathedral we extend our prayers

and support and hope at this

time to Sam Matisse and Tiernan

and the other family and the other family members.

We gather to give thanks to God

for the life as James, known

affectionately as Jim Stynes.

In welcoming you to this sacred place I acknowledge the

traditional custodians of the

land and we pay our respects to

their elders, their children

and to their hopes for the

future. Welcome to that Kath

reedal church. As I reedal church. As I extend

my words of welcome in a way Jim

Jim Stynes funeral service that

we participate in today is in

some respects a metaphor for some respects a metaphor for

his life. In addition to those

who are gathered here in St

Paul's this morning, there are

many others not far away in Federation Square and then many others not far away in Paul's

people, we don't know how many,

or how distant following broadcast media. His or how distant following the

influence went far wider than

those people who knew him

personally. A public life personally. A public life and

even our public remembrance

should not obscure the fact of the pain of loss in those

primary relationships. Of Jim

as a son, a husband, a father

and a brother. As a friend and

a role model, to many his life

and journey through illness has

its own impact on all who have stopped and participated in some

some way today. This is a time

of reflection, a time of

tribute, a time of prayer to

God who is a source of all

blessings and gifts. There will be some for whom the

greefs of past loss will come

back to them in a new and fresh

way. There will be others who

will have a renewed

determination to live their

lives in a way that counts a bit more but makes a

difference. It will have many

thoughts today come into our minds in this time of reflection but I want reflection but I want to

encourage each of us who hear

me speak now to find one thing that it is that you that it is that you have

admired in Jim's life and, as

it were, make that the point of growth and challenge it were, make that the point of

yourself. That might be in its

own way your lasting tribute to

him as you go on and live him as you go on and live your

life. Come to with whatever

ways upon your heart in this

time of prayer that we make

before the source of all

blessing and all healing. Jesus christ our Will you please stand.

Grace and peace from the lord

be with you. And also with

you. We have come together to

thank God for the life of Jim

Stynes, to mourn and honour him

and to support one another in

grief. We face the certainty

of our own death and judgement, yet Christians believe that

those who die in christ share

eternal life with him.

Therefore in faith and hope, we

turn to God. He created and

sustained us all.

I am the resurrection and the

life says the lord. Those who

believe in me even though they

die, yet will they live. God is

our refuge and strength, a very

present help in trouble. present help in trouble. What no I has seen nor heard, nor

the human heart conceived, God

has prepared for those who love

him. I am convinced that

neither death nor life nor

angels nor rulers, nor things

angels nor rulers, nor things

present, nor things to come,

nor paths, nor height for

depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able creation will be able to

separate us from the love of

God in christ Jesus our lord.

Let us pray together. Loving

God, you alone are the source

spirit of life, may your life giving

spirit flow through us and spirit flow through us and fill

us with compassion one for

another. In our sorrow, give us

the calm of your peace. Kindle

our hope and let our grief give

way to joy through Jesus christ

our lord. Amen. (Choir sings a

(Speaks gaelic) I am honoured

to be speaking today on behalf

of my family on the life of my

beloved brother Jim. He was

born on 23 April 1966. He was

the eldest of six in a noisy, busy and sometimes eccentric

family home. Our house was

full of bicycles, football boots, coats and hurt list. boots, coats and hurt list. We all shared a warm, loving but

busy three-bedroom house. For most of my early childhood

Jimmy and I shared a bed. He

was a big generous and fun

older brother and we all adored

him. Jim was the organiser of

all the family and

neighbourhood friend. If there

was something going on Jim

would always be found in would always be found in the middle with his unflagging

energy and remarkable ability

to include everyone. We all

wanted to be with Jim. I can

remember on one occasion remember on one occasion during a family camping holiday he

organised the soccer tournament

and barbecue bonfire for the whole camp site. Everybody

joined in, including me joined in, including me his

younger brother of five years

and to my amazement, an entire

scout group. Growing up we were a close family and when

Melbourne recruited Jim as an 18-year-old we were all

devastated as the thought of him

him being so far away.

Australia was really the other

side of 9 world. I told him before he

before he left that I would be

following. When, at

following. When, at Melbourne,

Jim in those days was only

allowed to ring home once a

week. This was the highlight of

our week. I can remember us our week. I can remember us all

waiting to speak with Jim. My

dad, mum, Sharon, Terry Anne, David Dirtler and myself

waiting by the stairs waiting dad,

to talk to Jim on the phone to talk to Jim on the phone

because we all loved and missed

him so much. Four years later

I did succeed in joining Jim at

Melbourne. We had five wonderful years together in Australia. Each Christmas we

would travel the world on our

way home. Only two weeks ago Jimmy reminded me of the time

we were in Kathmandu when we shared an old passenger plane

with a cargo of dogs, chickens

and live animals. This was fun

to Jim. The adventure, the

craziness and uniqueness of the

experience. Jim always loved a

new experience. He had a

fantastic thirst for life. All my brothers and sisters travelled to Australia to join

Jim and it was always a

constant coming and going of

Styneses between Ireland and Australia.

Australia. He was a second

father figure for us in

Australia and mum and dad never

worried about any of us because

they knew Jimmy would always

look after us. He was generous,

loving and caring. He did this

in spades with advice, accommodation, jobs and

included us in his social circle.

circle. All of us at one time

have received a phone call or a

talk from Jimmy where he felt we weren't fulfilling our

potential. He had high expectations

expectations of us and we each

tried to live up to them. The

few highlights to my sporting

life all included Jim. When I

played in the final of all

Ireland 1995 Jim flew home to

surprise me the day before the

game. He was there to celebrate

with the rest of the family.

The biggest moment of my career. Another moment was when

I was able I was able to play for Melbourne in the same Melbourne in the same team. This was something I wanted to

do since I was 13 when Jim

first left tore Australia. I

had the honour of representing my country for International

Rules. It was made more Rules. It was made more special

was Jim was playing for Australia. At the end of the

game I was injured and Jim was more concerned about getting

into the change room to see how

I was than celebrating his

win. This was an incredibly

special moment for all three of

us playing in a special Irish

football game. There has never

been a moment when we could not

imagine Jimmy in our lives. My

deepest sympathies go out to

his beautiful son Matisse and Tiernan. In the last few weeks

of his life Jim asked me to

look after them and this is an honour that I will honour that I will take seriously. My sympathies also

go out to my broken hearted

parents Brian and Theresa and

my brother David, sister

Sharon, Ti Terry an and nephews and nieces, his fantastic in-laws, Mary, Frank, Wayne,

Sienna and Lucus. Many people

have been touched by Jim during

his wonderful but too short

life. He Lees a 6 foot 7 gap in our lives that will always be

empty but I take some comfort

that he will forever be in our

hearts as we are forever in

his. He was an inspiration to

us all and we could not have a

better son, brother and uncle.

I tried following in his

footsteps but they were always

too big. I will miss you. My

brother and my best friend. The

lord of mercy on have mercy on his soul. APPLAUSE

They say that best

friendships can change a life

forever. This was the case with my almost 20-year working

relationship with Jim. It

definitely had a purpose that

was far greater than either of us could ever have imagined.

All those years ago, a

footballer and a theatre director came together because

maybe we were naive and

idealistic enough to think we

could change the world. Right

from when we first met, Jim saw

a need to help inspire young people

people and nothing was going to

stand in his way. There have

been many amazing people been many amazing people that

have helped support Reach youth

today and I am here today to

represent all the voices of

those people. Right from the

beginning of Reach Jim beginning of Reach Jim always

wanted to do things that many thought couldn't be done. Like

inspiring 3,000 people, rowdy teenagers at the tennis centre

to become heroes of their own

lives. He had young people

climb mountains, swim in the

freezing ocean, jump off water

falls, break arrows and even wooden boards and

metaphorically know, so they metaphorically knew that

nothing in their lives was too

difficult to overcome. He hiked

groups of people into a cave

that was at night and it was

filled with candles. He wanted

to return them back to the innocence

innocence and wonderment of

childhood. Together, we had young

young people dance to the young people dance to the beat

with broken rubbish bins and

Jim was beating those drums like

like he was the master of the tribe and

tribe and he did that because

he wanted every young person he wanted every young person to

feel the power of ensemble and

the group. He was a driving

force behind creating a

makeshift Indian village makeshift Indian village where many industry leaders and a

group of diverse young people

got to experience that it got to experience that it takes a whole village to raise a

child. He ran workshops in

prison to show that young

people and young inmates can

transcend the walls of their own

own lives. Jim led a team of us who facilitated workshops in Deniliquin and other rural

areas because a very brave

funeral director was sick and

tired of running memorial

services for country teenagers

who were silently committing

suicide. He journeyed to

remote parts of this country to give

give a voice to many indigenous

young people. Jim must have spoken to well over 200,000

young people on his own. In his tireless endeavour to run inspirational school workshops,

he also worked with hundreds of teachers because he believed wholeheartedly that education

and positive whole models and positive whole models could

set a young person up for the

rest of their life. Based on

his experiences in football,

Jim learnt how to build a youth Jim learnt how to build a youth organisation by bringing people

together with varying skills

and a common drive to make a

difference. The army of Reach

leaders trained that are now

out there spreading his universal messages to thousands

of participants are a test amount to his foresight in

making sure Reach would ensure

way beyond the life of its two

founders. I can safely say that

Jim was able to run Reach workshops workshops a lot longer than I

was because he was far cooler

than I was and young people

still loved him right up to the

very end. I often pondered why

such a great man, who did so

much for others, would be so

tragically inflicted with cancer. Jim was always perceived as a man of extreme

physical strength, who is a protecter for those less

fortunate than himself and many initially thought these fortunate

qualities would allow him to successfully battle his disease. During his journey to

never stop trying every possible medical alternative treatment, from

standard operations right

through to Indonesian smoke

therapy, I started to see his

illness in a whole different light. As Jim's physical power got taken away, his real essence started to reveal

itself more and more. Just like

a Monk shaves his head and lets go of physical attachments in

order to get closer to his

spiritual self, the longer Jim

struggled the more he was

stripped back to a place of

pure love. He was a simple soul

who, right through to the end,

couldn't help caring for young

people, many of whom he still

thought were worse off than

him. I now believe that Jim,

in some ways, was like a

prophet and his destiny was

prophet and his destiny was to demonstrate how we should all

be able to live our lives. He

was far from perfect but

because he embraced because he embraced those imperfections, his message

became accessible to everyone.

Jim was adamant that his battle

with cancer was going to be

public because he wanted draw public because he wanted to

draw light on the fact that

there are many people struggling with all types of

illnesses and their lives are just as important and as noble

as his was. I, like most who

are part of this man's

would like to thank him. Jim,

your belief in me and many

others has allowed me to become

all that I am and all that I

hope to be. My heart goes out

to Sam, Matisse, Tiernan and

the whole of the beautiful

Stynes family for the loss of

this incredible man. this incredible man. As

difficult as it is today for

all of us, I know we all take a

piece of Jim's spirit into our

lives and will hold onto it

always. Farewell but never

goodbye Jimmy. You're my business partner, my teacher,

my guardian and my best friend.

We all wanted to be like Jim.

You were a warrior, poet who

was ahead of his time and your

legacy gives us all the

greatest code to try and live

our lives by. Thank you mate.

Big Jimmy would have lud this.

this. He thrived on a our

crowd. If he was here he would

have us all standing up waving

our hands above our heads and

singing and turning to the

person next to you giving hugs

and shoulder massages. It is

the sort of weird stuff he

did. It took us a long time to

get our heads around it. He loved to take people out loved to take people out of

their comfort zone. To get them

to do things that they didn't think they would capable of.

It is not surprising really

when you strip it all back to the very start of his extraordinary journey. How else was a young lad from

Ireland to arrive on the door

steps of the Melbourne footy

club, another world away, in every

every sense of the word, if he

wasn't prepared to step out of

his own comfort zone. It was

to be a consistent theme

throughout his time here. That

he would struggle initially was

inevitable. That he would

eventually fail was likely.

That he eventually debuted as

a Melbourne footy club player

in 1987 was admirable. That he

was the best and most dominant

Australian rules footballer in

the country four years later

was to begin to understand and appreciate the appreciate the sort of athlete and person we were dealing

with. Consistency was a cornerstone of Jim's footy career. He was consistently

our best preseason performer,

defying logic as he powered up mountains leaving us all in mountains leaving us all in his wake. There is enough

team-mates of ours here to know

he was consistently our worst

in even trainer, as he hobbled

around the training track Monday

around the training track from Monday to Friday attempting to

overcome all manner of injuries from

from the previous game. He was

a horrible trainer during a horrible trainer during the

season. Then he was consistently the best performer

when it mattered most as he

willed himself from contest to contest game after game, contest game after game, year

after year. I oh it to Jim to

be consistent today and he

would be disappointed if I didn't take the chance to ever

a laugh at his, pence. It is

what I enjoyed doing most with

him. Here is some home truths.

If he wasn't tight with his money

money he was very careful with

it. You only had to look at

the way he dressed to realise

he didn't spend money on a he didn't spend money on a

wardrobe. I have never seen a

man get more excited about a

club issue of a pair of runners

every year. It would mean he

could discard last year's and

move into the new fashion which

is why recently he turned up at

the blazer presentation night -

you know where I am going you know where I am going with

this Sammy - a week or two ago

and he was crook and his

eyesight was failing him. I realised how crook he was

because the raffle tickets were being handed around. Jimmy

wasn't a big raffle being handed around. wasn't a big raffle ticket wasn't a big raffle ticket boy.

He was a $5 man and I saw him He He was a $5 man and I saw him

and Sam He was a $5 man and

and Sam arguing, having a blew over the

and Sam arguing, having a over the envelope and there was

20s over the envelope 20s and 20s flying everywhere over the envelope and there was and I thought Jimmy's crook. He

was going for a 50. It wasn't

until two days later I spoke with Sammy and until two days later with Sammy and she said with Sammy and she said "No, even with Sammy and she said even with his

even with his failing eyesight

he saw Sam putting a even with his failing eyesight he saw Sam putting a 50 in and he saw Sam he saw Sam putting a 50 in and

he was diving in to he saw Sam putting a 50 in he was diving in to try and get 45

he was diving in to try and get

45 out". He wasn't opposed to stretching 45 out". He stretching the boundaries in

the pursuit of victory. At the risk the pursuit of risk of starting an international incident, and risk of starting international incident, and I

know there is a strong ir yash

contingent here, I have to get this story off contingent here, I have to this story off my chest. -

Irish. Some of my favourite

times with him were in the International Rules series where

where I was coaching and he where I was coaching and he was assistant and they were tense

times and we always wondered whether he was a double agent

or not. We got to the game and it is at Croke Park. 75-80,000

people were there. I am not

sure you were people were there. I am sure you were barracking for either Brian and I said to him "Jim, get the walky talky sorted

sorted out and make either Brian and I said to him sorted out and make sure we

have two-way down to the bench"

and he said "OK". He was fiddles around with it and trying and he said "OK". He

trying to get onto the wrong fiddles around with it

channel and all of a sudden channel and all of a sudden he

said "Shut up, listen". There

was a cross-reference and we logged into the Irish coach's box.

box. I said "Jim, you can't do that" and he said

that" and he said "Shut up". For the first five minutes we

that" and he said "Shut up". For listened to the coach of the Irish team make his moves Irish team make his moves and

we trumped them. We eventually went

went on and won the game and I we trumped them. We eventually went on and won the game and I

reckon the next day I heard or

read somewhere and they said

the Australians were well prepared and they anticipated

every move that the Irish team

every move every move that the Irish team

made. You're dam right we did

as Jimmy was listening made. You're dam right we did as Jimmy was listening to the as Jimmy as Jimmy was listening to the coach. He didn't lows his

temper much but he did on that

day. The game was close and we

got to the end of the match and

we were a few points down at

the end and he was in charge of

the white board. Someone did

something wrong and I smashed

the table in frustration and

stuff went flying everywhere. the table in frustration stuff went flying everywhere. I

kept watching the game and

there was 30 seconds to go

there was 30 seconds to go and

I said Jim who's on No.20.

I said Jim who's on No.20. I

was getting agitated and I said

Jim who's on No.20

Jim who's on No.20 and there

was nothing. I said Jim if was nothing. I was nothing. I said Jim if you

don't tell me and he says "How

the f...k do I know". He was

crawling around on the ground

trying to pick up the trying to pick up the magnets.

They were flying everywhere.

That was about it. It is all I

have got. The truth That was about it. It is

have got. The truth is finding have got. fault in anything he did was a

fruitless exercise. I sat down

and wrote a list of words that best describe him as a footballer. Consistent. Reliable. Dependable,

trustworthy. Honest. Strong.

Durable. Sincere. Loyal.

Courageous. Caring and

resilient. They're wonderful

qualities to possess in a

footballer. They're even more significant qualities to

possess as a man. What I find

most possess as a man. What I find most amazing of all is most amazing of all is that all the kids from around the world

we could have attracted to the

game when Melbourne took the

audacious step of looking beyond

beyond the shores in the albeit

unlikely hope of unearthing a

footballer, we found him, Jim

Stynes. As a result we now know never to question know never to question the boundaries of what one man boundaries of what one man is capable of achieving on the

playing field but also to never

question the ability of the

same man to have that impact

away from it. There has never

been anyone like Jim Stynes and

there never will be which is

why we loved him and we miss him so much today. APPLAUSE

I am hoping if I click my

heels together three times, I

will wake up and this is just a

bad dream. Not the case. Jim wanted me to speak wanted me to speak today. I

would not wish to avoid would not wish to avoid that responsibility. We have all

been influenced by Jim. Hi gentleness and his passion gentleness and his passion for

life. I am privileged to have

his more recent battles. Jim been close beside Jim through

made sure during this time that

we shared, that we grew together through love. Alisha's poem by Mary

wishes Elizabeth fry reflect's Jim's

wishes for Matisse, for Tiernan

and for me and it reflects his

wishes for all those that loved

him. "Do not stand at my grave him. "Do not stand at my

and weep. I am not there, I do not

not sleep I am a thousand winds

that blow. I am the diamond

glint on snow. I am the

sunlight on ripened grain. I am

the gentle autumn rain. When

you wake in the morning hush I

am the swift uplifting rush. Of quiet birds encircling flight.

I am the soft star light at

night. Do not stand at my

grave and weep, I am not there

I do not sleep. Do not stand

at my grave and cry, I am not

there, I did not die". Thank

you. APPLAUSE (Choir sings a hymn)

A reading from... "So I turn to consider wisdom and madness to

and folly for what can the and folly for what can the one

do who comes after the king.

Only what has already been

a done. For everything, there is

a season. A time for everything

matter under heaven. A time to

be born, a time to die, a time

to plant, and a time to pluck

up what is planted. A time to

kill, and a time to heal. A

time to break down and a time

to build up. A time to weep and

a time to laugh. A time to

mourn and a time to dance. A

time to throw away stones and a

time to gather stones time to gather stones together.

A time to embrace and a time to

refrain from embracing. A time refrain from embracing. A

to seek and a time to lose. A

time to keep and a time to

throw away. A time to tear, a

time to sew. A time to keep

silence and a time to speak. A

time to love and a time to

hate. A time for war and a time

for peace. What gain have for peace. What gain have the

workers from their toil. I have

seen the business that God has

given to everyone to be busy with. He's made everything

suitable for its time.

Moreover, he's put a sense of

past and future into their

minds yet they cannot find out

what God has done from the

beginning to the end. I know

that there is nothing better

for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live. Moreover, it God's gift that all should eat they live. Moreover, it is

and drink and take pleasure in

their toil. I know that

whatever God does endures

forever, nothing can be forever, nothing can be added

to it, nor anything taken from

it. God has done this. So that

all should stand in awe before

him". Awe

(Sings) # I will lift up my eyes to the hills...

A reading from the book of

revelation. "Then I saw a new

heaven and a new earth. But the heaven and a new earth. But the

first heaven and first earth

had passed away and the sea had passed away and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy

city, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God prepared

prepared as a bride adorned for

her husband. And I heard a loud

voice from the thrown saying

'See the home of God is among mortals, he will dwell with

them, they will be his people

and God himself will be with them' he will wipe every tear

from their eyes, death will be from their eyes, death will

no more, mourning and crying

and pain will be no more. For the first things have passed

away. The one who was seated on

the thrown further said 'See, I am making all things new' and

he also said 'Write this he also said 'Write this for

these words are trustworthy and

true'. Then he said to me 'It

is done I am the Alfa and the

omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give

water as a gift from the spring

of the water of life. Those who

conquer will inherit these

things and I will be their God

and they will be my children'. "

Living in holy God may my

words be a reflection of your

love and compassion for us all.


Today we gather in this

cathedral church and in the

including across in Federation surrounds of this sacred space,

Square, along Flinders Street,

along Swanston Street, at home

or at work with one thought and

with one voice. We have gathered as family members, friends, colleagues, admirers and simply interested

bystanders to give thanks to bystanders to give thanks to

God for the life of Jim Stynes.

We have come together with one

voice to reflect on his life,

to honour him, to give thanks, to commit his more tall remains

to the earth - mortal - and to

offer our prayers and support

to his family. We have come

with hope and confidence, with together to look to the future


the knowledge that the legacy

of Jim Stynes will live into

the future through the lives of

all whom he touched, not least

children, Matisse and his wife, Sam, and their

children, Matisse and Tiernan.

As we gather this morning, we

are both challenged and called

to continue Jim's work in how

we live our own lives in

relation to those whom we love

and are closest to, as well as

Jim did to the stranger, the

soduner, the different and the Jim did to the stranger, the


dissident and the difficult and

to all in need. Jim achieved,

in his relatively short life,

what many of us aspire to over

many more years of life. We

have already heard this morning

tributes that reflect the many

attributes of Jim's life. He

embraced and encouraged people

from all walks of life. His charms, skill, charms, skill, determination, compassion and understanding of

life's challenges went far

beyond the football field. And

often I suggest at some cost to

those he most loved. His

personal relationships and his

vision of what could be were the overriding hallmarks of his

life. Even more a passionate

and even hopeful Richmond

supporter such as I, that one

day Richmond will win a grand

final again, Jim Stynes could

not be ignored. He was to many

a hero, a mentor, a soul mate,

and a confidante. Some and a confidante. Some have

awarded him celebrity status, a

description I think he would be

uncomfortable with and would not have wanted for himself.

Such status was not important

to him. What Jim did was what

he believed and understood to be the responsibility and the

core of essence of every one of us us who calls ourselves human. A

compassion and a respect and a

concern for others. Whether it

be a young person experiencing difficulties, a young recruit home

home sick or overaud by

new surroundings, a young

person evicted, unhappy at home, a friend in need or home, a friend in need or a

husband and father, Jim reached

out. This is not to suggest

that he was perfect or without

fault. He was after all like

you and like me, human, as we

all are. Yet as he journeyed

through life, he focused on the

positives and saw the good and

potential of what life could

offer for everyone. No matter how

how well we are prepared for

the death of a loved one, or

someone close to us, we are all

affected. Very few of us can distance ourselves from the

impact of death. Our hearts and

mind which make us distinctly

human respond with emotions of

joy and sadness.

life is, I suggest, important

to how we understand and see

death. The search for meaning

and purpose in life and how we address the journey will

greatly influence how we

respond to death. Not only the

death of others, but also our own mortality. If we see human

existence as an act of - as an

accident of history, or the

survival of the fittest, then we

we are likely to view death as

the end. The finality of who we

are. There is nothing

are. There is nothing more. If however we view life as a gift,

the gift of a creator God, even

if we are still exploring our

relationship with this God or

the devine and how we view life takes

takes on a greater and more

profound understanding. Jim

Stynes, by the way he lived,

knew there was more to knew there was more to life

than self and the present. In

his life, he fostered hope for

others, not out of some charitable or feel-good notion, but

but out of a deeper and more profound knowledge and

consciousness of the many gifts

and talents he had been given

which he had been given he understood to benefit others

and to support their future.

For Jim Stynes life was more

than an accident of history.

This, I believed, helped him

be the person he was and to

face his future throughout his illness. Christians illness. Christians believe

that from love we are created

and to love we shall return.

This is not some

wishy washy love or self love,

not even romantic love, but a

much greater love, a much

greater truth that compassion, rest ill compassion, rest ill Jens, justice, mercy, justice, mercy, forgiveness,

personal fulfilment and our redemption. Love then is at the

centre of what it means to be human, a love that extends to

all and Jim Stynes understood

this as being the centre or

core of our human presence -

resilience. Today we come resilience. Today we come not only to give thanks for the

life of Jim but we also in life of Jim but we also in to

grieve and mourn. We grieve

because we are human and

because we are aware that we have lost something of ourselves. But we also come with hope that with hope that Jim's accomplishments and

contribution to enriching the lives of others will continue.

In the Christian year, we are

approaching holy week, good fri

and Easter day. These days recall

recall the central tenants of

the Christian faith that in

grief pain, abandonment and the

suffering of a young man who

gave his life for others, there

is the promise of hope - good

Friday. The resurrection of

Jesus is God's way of saying be courageous, go forward, fulfil

the vision of justice for all,

love one another and walk with

me, your God, to build a

community where all God's

people are cared for and loved.

While Jim journeyed throughout

life, unsure of belief, he

lived this message. As we gather, the greatest gift gather, the greatest gift by

which we can remember Jim is

not a monument or statue, but by doing best what he did in our own lives for others. Let me conclude with this prayer

from John Dunn. "Bring us oh

lord God at our last lord God at our last awakening

into the house and gate of

heaven. To enter into that gate and dwell in that house, where

there shall be no darkness nor

dazzling but one equal dazzling but one equal light.

No noise nor silence but one

equal music. No fears nor

hopes, but one equal possession. No ends nor

beginnings, but one equal

glory and dominion, world eternity. In the hab tationz of

without end. Amen". As we gather to celebrate a fruitful

life, may we hear, listen and

respond to the call and promise

of God for each and every one

of us for ourselves. Rest

eternal grunt to Jim oh lord

and may light perpetual shine

upon him. Amen. (Silence)

When I come to my end, if I

way can affect people in a positive

way along the way, I will be

very proud to have had that experience. He's a great

example of sport, and humanity

rolled into one. For any

Melbourne supporter but any

sports supporter when you think about what sports supporter when you think

about what this guy has done,

he's come 10,000 miles away

from his family, what a brave

thing to do. As a boy, he was full-time job. Very active. He thing to do. As a boy, he was a

just didn't stay in the house

for longer than he had to. Everything he put his mind

to, he would go full blood at it to, he would go full blood at

it and football was No.1, so I

didn't mind him putting too

much into that. It was a fantastic career he had. It was

amazing what he was able to do

going from Ireland to here. Just to know Jim was

helping all these young people

was really empowering for was really empowering for

me. Jim's really shaped me in

so many parts of who I am and

now a lot of people tell me I am like Jim and that is

biggest compliment. Stand up biggest compliment. Stand

and look around at the They will tell you what they and look around at the group.

see. I want you to listen to it. I think he's touched the

lives of everyone in a way

because he's done what he's

done but he's encouraged others

to join him. I used to follow

Jim as much as I could. I got

my licence so I could drive him

to rotary clubs to do speeches

or teachers' days or going out

to a school down the coast and

I would drive him so I could

spend time with him and learn

from him. I would think people

will be writing about Jim

Stynes in 50 years, about what

an amazing story he is. Just simply because he's been able to impact so many peoples'

lives in a very positive way. I

lives don't think there is very

people who can do that. When I

am out of football and not with

the Reach Foundation, I am

usually hanging out with people

in child care. Throw the ball. That didn't work did

it. When you jump on board with

Jim, he looks after you. I just want

just want to support my two

kids' experiences now and let