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Michael relives the best days spent with his wife

Michael Beattie visited Bribie Island recently to relive the memories he had with his late wife Julie.
Michael Beattie visited Bribie Island recently to relive the memories he had with his late wife Julie. Kyle Zenchyson

MICHAEL Beattie was waiting at Caboolture Station for a bus to take him to Bribie Island recently. He said he had many fond memories there with his late wife Julie, who passed away two months ago.

"I've come up here to escape a little bit,” he said.

"I needed some time away and the first place I thought of was here.

"All my family are south east Queenslanders.

"I'm just on my way to Bribie, I've got fond memories there with my wife. I'm going to relive that.”

From Beechworth in Victoria, Michael said the Queensland sunshine was a welcome change following the trauma of Julie's death.

"She had a heart attack, asthma-induced. I performed CPR but unfortunately it wasn't enough so she was classified as being brain-dead,” he said.

Amazingly, Michael was able to see the positives in the ordeal.

"The upturn of that is that a young lady has a kidney and is back at home and recovering. An older gentleman who'd been on dialysis for a long time, he's on the improve and I think by now he'd back home,” he said.

"I was completely against organ donation to begin with, just with my upbringing and so forth.

"But when it came to the question for Julie, I jumped at it because I knew her attitude and there's a strange comfort about knowing that her death has helped two people plus the organ research that will be done.

"For me, there's something a lot in that.”

Michael said mourning the loss of his mother many years ago somewhat helped in this instance.

"I've been through this identical thing 13 years ago with my mum. She died in very similar circumstances,” he said.

"And today is the anniversary of her death and it's also my birthday as well too.

"It's a double-edged sword but I revel in the fact that mum died in the same hospital that I was born, 12 hours apart on the same day. There's something in that.”

Michael occasionally takes on the role of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly as an actor back home.


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