Tribute to community worker

Mary O'Flynn's life will be celebrated at a sunset wake at the VMR Club in Cannonvale on Friday, August 27.
Mary O'Flynn's life will be celebrated at a sunset wake at the VMR Club in Cannonvale on Friday, August 27.

THE life of Whitsunday resident Mary O'Flynn will be celebrated at a wake in Cannonvale Friday.

Ms O'Flynn was tragically killed in Jordan last month while working for the United Nations development program in Jordan when the bus she was travelling on overturned on a narrow road near the Dead Sea.

She had been delivering a training course to members of the Iraqi Government but the course was being delivered in Jordan because it was supposedly too dangerous to be held in Iraq.

It is believed Mary was on a trip organised by the UN-run program when the bus crashed.

Five Iraqi citizens and a British woman were also killed and 28 were injured.

Mary was an active member of the Whitsunday community when she lived here.

She was involved in campaigns including saving the foreshore at the Airlie lagoon site, saving the airport, saving Shute Harbour and the protest against oil shale mining in the Whitsundays.

Mary was also a founding member of the resident's traffic action group.

She is survived by her long-term partner and local resident Neil Brayford.

Her funeral was held in the UK on Tuesday.

A sunset wake will be held at the Volunteer Marine Rescue building in Altmann Avenue at Cannonvale on Friday at 5pm.

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