Aside from his household, there have been three issues Duncan Pegg cherished in life: chocolate, cricket and politics.
Family members of the beloved Queensland Labor MP paid tribute to his life earlier than a crowd of brightly dressed mourners at the Gabba on Saturday morning.
The Stretton MP succumbed to his battle with most cancers earlier this month, simply two months after he resigned from the federal government.
Younger brother Graham stated Duncan’s legacy would stay on, paying tribute to his caring and clever sibling.
Graham stated Duncan’s love of politics was evident after he organised a mock parliament within the faculty classroom, assigning everybody portfolios to the delight of his classmates.
Graham described cheeky recollections of his older brother scoffing chocolate earlier than being sick proper earlier than the household pulled out of the driveway on a visit – a feat that set a “new record” for his routine carsickness.
He stated his elder brother cherished cricket a lot he might bear in mind particulars of “every match ever played”.
“Mum and Dad bought Duncan down to Brisbane when he was about 12 to watch his first cricket match, right here at the Gabba,” Graham stated.
“It’s always been his special place. That’s the reason we’re all sitting here today.”
Queensland Cricket chief govt officer Terry Svenson laid a jersey on the coffin on behalf of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja, an in depth buddy of Duncan’s till his demise.
“If you’re sitting here today with a dream, a goal, an idea, just like Duncan, get organised and set about achieving it,” Graham advised the crowd.
“Because if a boy from Rockhampton can be serving the most multicultural seat in Queensland parliament, rubbing shoulders with famous cricketers, albeit while enjoying out-of-date chocolate milk, then you can achieve anything too.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to the “wonderful, wonderful man” who excelled at the “thrust and parry” of parliamentary debate.
She stated he prided himself on the multiculturalism in his citizens and regularly spoke of the dignity and worth of training and offering good jobs.
Mr Pegg beforehand labored as a lawyer till his election in 2015.
In April, Mr Pegg had advised parliament he had to step away from his function with a heavy coronary heart due to medical recommendation.
“I do not want to leave this place and cease representing the community that I love, but I know the decision to resign is the right one,” he stated.
In his closing tackle, Mr Pegg tearfully advised Queensland parliament to think about the views of terminal sickness sufferers when the time got here to vote on the voluntary assisted dying laws later this 12 months.
“I speak as someone who has been fighting cancer for 18 months, who regularly attends a cancer centre and speaks to cancer patients with a terminal illness,” he stated.
“Let’s be very clear: people with terminal illnesses don’t want to die, they want to live; they fight to live every day. I personally fight to live every day.
“However, if you are diagnosed terminal, then you are going to face death. People with terminal illnesses won’t have an option.”
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd stated Duncan “met death with great human dignity” whereas providing his condolences to the Pegg household.
A youthful Duncan had joined Mr Rudd’s staff within the federal seat of Griffith and the pair remained shut mates till his demise.
Mr Rudd shared a textual content trade he had with Duncan earlier than his demise and was touched when the Stretton MP requested him to converse at the memorial service.
“Duncan was the standout, the class act … the reason was because Duncan was the genuine article, the real deal,” Mr Rudd stated.
“He would always spontaneously go the extra mile, simply because he knew it was the right thing to do.”
As an MP, Duncan served as chair of the Tourism Development and Environment Committee.
In 2017 he obtained a public service award from the Queensland Intercultural Society.
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