Former Qld Premier farewelled

REFORMER, father, runner, Rolling Stones fan and The Phantom devotee - Wayne Goss was remembered on Friday as a man who changed Queensland.

At a full house at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art hundreds farewelled the former Queensland Premier, who ended 32-year-old conservative rule when he was elected in 1989.

His wife Roisin thanked Queenslanders for their ongoing support. She was given a standing ovation after speaking of a loving father who fought to bring electoral reform to Queensland.

"We would like to thank you - the people of Queensland and Australia," she said.

"We are immensely proud of the way Wayne lived his life and the way he faced death."

Former deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan, who was Mr Goss's strategist during the 1989 election, said Mr Goss was a figure the Labor party could look to for inspiration.

The memorial was not always a sombre affair with a video of Mr Goss lip-syncing to Frank Sinatra's My Way wrapping up the ceremony.

The family thanked Premier Campbell Newman for the offer of a State Funeral although the notoriously private former premier's family declined the offer 

-APN NEWSDESK


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