Hundreds farewell Murchison East’s Joe Vraca

By Geoff Adams

About 900 mourners swamped Sacred Heart Catholic Church at Tatura to farewell Murchison businessman, Guiseppe ‘‘Joe’’ Vraca yesterday.

The crowd represented a diverse range of ethnic, cultural, community and business backgrounds.

Father Michael Morley acknowledged the ‘‘wonderful life of a wonderful man’’ and eulogies were delivered by friends Bert Kearney and Neil Lowe.

Mr Vraca died on January 2 at Murchison.

The father had a reputation as a successful agricultural businessman who moved from tomatoes to horticulture and dairying, and was also well known for his generosity.

About 400 mourners filled the church and another 500 filled the pathways and gardens at the front of the church and even spilled onto the footpath.

They heard Sarah Scrimizzi deliver a reading from Ecclesiastes recalling for everything there is a season and another reading from Karla Scrimizzi telling how the time for departure had arrived.

‘‘I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish...’’

They also heard how he had faced his final days with fortitude and strength.

Mr Vraca’s casket left the church to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s signature song I Did It My Way.

Hundreds stayed behind to offer condolences to the family, before the cortege left for interment at the Tatura lawn cemetery.