Farewell Brinos, you will be sorely missed
By EMMA CORNFORD
HUNDREDS of family members, friends and colleagues yesterday farewelled timber industry stalwart Brinos Notaras at Christ Church Cathedral in Grafton.
Son-in-law Jim Shafer read a celebration of the life of Mr Notaras ? a man who could 'act like a grizzly bear' but was really 'just a big teddy'.
As tears mingled with smiles and laughter, Mr Notaras was remembered for his pie and ice-cream making abilities when he worked in the family cafe as well as his involvement in rowing and rugby at his beloved Newington College and dedication to his family.
"He loved the family environment. He loved the time he spent with his sister, brother, nieces and nephews," Mr Shafer said.
"He was also putty in the hands of his grandchildren and they loved his playful nature."
Mr Notaras' brother Spiro also spoke about Brinos, and while at times the emotion overcame him, he found solace in relating tales of their lives together.
"I want to remember him and all the good times we had together," he said.
"He loved his family, he loved our family."
Often interrupting himself with 'I've got to tell you this story', Spiro Notaras listed some of his brother's milestones ? including Brinos' short-lived foray into the world of cinema.
But it was his passion for the timber industry and the mill that most people remembered.
"He had a lot of knowledge in our industry and he was always looking to the future," Spiro said.
"I know he will be standing up there today saying 'don't you change anything'."
Mr Notaras' daughter Marina read her father's Newington College anthem ? a school he loved dearly.
"Dad, you've always been the biggest and brightest star in my life," she said.
"You'll always be in our hearts, our dreams and our thoughts. We love you."
Mr Notaras' coffin left the cathedral through a guard of honour ? a tribute from his employees and sign of the resect in which he was held.