1000 pay tribute to ‘Baroness’ Warwick

Nanjing Night Net

HUNDREDS of mourners packed St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Mittagong on Friday to farewell the “Baroness of Burrawang”, Warwick Vyner.

Long time friend broadcaster Alan Jones delivered a eulogy via video link from London, England, in a service filled with as much mirth as it was with memories.

Organisers estimated close to 1000 were in attendance, filling the church pews and packing the church hall and foyer, where the service was relayed on television.

Rev Richard Mills led the service, which had musical tributes from Dale Burridge and Danielle Everett, readings by Sophie Williams, Nicholas, 12, and Elizabeth Crundle, and a “travelogue” of Mr Vyner’s life by brother-in-law Phillip Averill, sharing happy memories of the former “travel agent to the stars” and a character “larger than life”.

Mr Vyner had recently set up the Warwick Vyner Foundation to support the health, welfare and education of Southern High­lands’ youth. Mr Jones and Ramsay Healthcare chief executive Paul Ramsay are its patrons.

Donations to the Foundation in lieu of flowers can be sent to PO Box 3183, Robertson NSW 2577.

Warwick Desmond Vyner, 73, died peacefully at his Burrawang home, “Eathorp”, on Friday, July 27.

He had been recently diagnosed with lung cancer, a condition which had been complicated by a bout of pneumonia.

Mr Vyner, originally of Armidale in northern NSW, was the only son of the late Desmond and Ruth Vyner.

He is survived by his sister, Claire Averill, brother-in-law Phillip Averill, nieces and nephews Sally, William and Sophie, and great-nieces and nephews Thomas, Nicholas, James, Lucie, Angus and Hugo.

Mourners inside the church hall.

Alan Jones.

A portrait of Warwick Vyner

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