Brian (Anthony) ELVISH (8 Nov 1947 - 24 Aug 2020)

Funeral Service

Private Funeral Service Bright 3741
Funeral Director
North East Funerals

In loving memory of Anthony (Brian) ELVISH who sadly passed away on 24th August 2020.
The private funeral will be live streamed at 1.00pm on Wednesday, 9 Sept. 2020.

RoByn Lawson wrote

I was very sad to hear of the recent passing of our dear friend Brian Elvish. Bright and the Alpine district will not be the same without him. I think of his daily recording of the weather, bike rides around the area, picking blackberries every season and of course his fantastic art works RIP Brian

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Jean and Joe Borg wrote

Brian you were our neighbour for 20 years. A good neighbour, friend and fishing buddy to Joe. We were both looking forward to the opening of the fishing season.
Thank you for all the friendship you showed to our whole family. You will be sadly missed.

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Halabi Family wrote

Brian was a great friend to all the Halabi family. It will be hard not seeing you in Bright. You gave so much to all, and our family was the benefit of so much of your friendship and kindness. Brian always nurtured children. He was a kind man of many words.
Condolences to all Brian’s family and friends.
Love from all the Halabi family.

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Diana Feltrin wrote

Brian, be sure to catch up with our dear Frank and with Mario in those hills along our valleys.
They'll be waiting for you, I'm sure. Thank you for sharing your unique life and character with us all.
My sincere sympathies to your close family and dear friends.

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David Borg wrote

RIP Brian,
Always a friendly face over the back fence with many memorable times throughout the years. Your amazing art pieces being created in the backyard was always something which amazed us.
Rest easy mate.
The Borg family x

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David Maltby wrote

RIP Brian. Enjoyed our conversations when we visited Bright! I’m sure all the streams are full of trout waiting to be caught when you arrive. 🎣 Tight lines. The Maltby family

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Cynthia Bird wrote

To all of Brian’s family I was so sorry to hear the sad news of Brian. Will be thinking of you all on the day

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Brian Littlechild wrote

Met Brian in Bright 5 years ago. Having retired, I decided to coach boxing. Brian had a couple of amateur bouts as a youth in
Myrtleford and appreciated the subtleties of this character-building sport. A lifetime enthusiast, Brian had a good eye for a class act. Like Sugar Ray Robinson whose battles with LaMotta in the 1950s Brian thought to be the peak of athletic combat . His own Hemingway-ambience of sensitive artist combined with pugnacious intellect could be challenging but those whom knew him well knew that Brian’s overriding intention was to be as helpful and sincere as was possible. Vale to this kind and gentle soul. May he skip into eternity with his beloved champions. He was their equal.

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Lisa Buckley wrote

One of Brights iconic characters. Always a smile and a conversation. I can’t believe you are gone. So sad we will all miss you.

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Margaret & Neil Smith wrote

Thinking of Lorraine Lynette Jenny and their families in the sad loss of their Brother and our Cousin.

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Philip and Geri Staff wrote

It was our pleasure knowing Brian whilst living in Bright for eight years, up until 2017. He was a chap who was very generous with his craft, sign writing and was happy to invite you in for a cuppa. We spent time together, Geri and I had him around once for Christmas lunch during this period. We are pleased to be a part of Brian's life, a local man who will be sadly missed.

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My favourite photo of our cousin Brian.

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  • Dear little boy I can clearly remember Brian at this age so sad xx

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Kate Sparks wrote

Our sincere condolences to the family.
We will miss Brian at our table. He knitted our communities together in more ways than one. Brian came and stayed with us at Deniliquin. I called him out of the blue one day and told him that Sir Authur Streeton was a friend of my husband’s grandmother both having gone to the Heidelberg School of arts and that Streeton had completed an hand full of art works at Warbreccan Station where we resides. Brian hadn’t been on a trip for some time and it was just fate that when I called he had a photocopied picture of one of Streeton’s paintings of Mt Buffalo he was studying his iconic brush strokes. So that was that, Brian came to Deni with his beloved Cassie.
He painted and found the exact spot where Arthur Streeton painted on the Edward River he was very chuffed to recreate the scene many many years later. We sincerely enjoyed Brians stay a week or more and we connected him with my husband’s oldest brother on another large Station out of Balranald where he painted and was welcomed in.
I had known Brian since a child but this trip was exciting, he helped me classify art whilst he was there and we sang old songs into the night in front of the fire.

I moved back to the High Country and Brian continued our friendship and then I got cancer. Brian through my darkest days would come to our home and do reflexology. He documented like he did everything his visits to me and would follow up with a text or call a day after treatment.
I thank Brian for his kindness he shared, the stories, the tips he shared and mostly his time. I loved how intrigued he was about life and if he didn’t know something?? He would find out.

I’m am so glad I called in on the Thursday and thanked him for all that he had done with a cheeky box of Melbourne Bitters! Best I could do when we couldn’t have him over for a ritual roast chicken. He was happy and told me how long it was until the fly fishing would start! (He knew the count down to exact hour) He laughed and said “not that I’m counting”. We both chuckled.

I mentioned to a relative of Brian’s that I always hoped Brian would mentor and pass his gift on. But I realised he was my mentor and countless more over his lifetime in the broader community.

I dedicated a poem to Brian, I’m no poet he was the artist!

Longitude & Latitude
36.7322•S, 146.9836•E
Is where my brushes lie.
A love of the landscape, the country up high.
A man of talent, tips and tales.... he would of critiqued this poem with a cheeky grin.
There was many many more strokes in him.
Intelligence beyond my years, practical I’m sure his middle name.
Counting down the fly fishing season, things just won’t be the same.
The townships if Bright and Myrtleford an exhibition of his life’s work!
What a life to celebrate...
Ever looking for that awe, the right light, season or day to captivate true beauty that he saw.

A Character, a gentleman a great Artist and a good friend.
Kate Sparks xo
From Fionn, Finn & I.

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Brian at Warbreccan Station in Deniliquin. Painted a scene of the Edward River where Sir Arthur Streeton Painted.

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Sally McCallum wrote

So sorry for your loss.
I’ll miss you my friend.... i do hope your still smiling
Rest in peace Brian x

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  • Sorry to hear a great bloke passing away , good memories way back 50 years ago when you board my great grandmother Rachael Cleland in Bright , a great artist and our families has his paintings RIP Brian Elvish

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