Vet who lived life large

Sean Read.
Sean Read.

Mr Read, who celebrated his 50th birthday just a couple of months ago, touched so many different areas and will be sorely missed.

The son of former Mandurah MLA John Read and father of four daughters lived in the region for 40 years, attending Pinjarra Primary and Senior High schools and Murdoch University, where he studied veterinary science.

He loved music, theatre and surfing and was an avid reader and a talented sportsman in his youth.

Mr Read was a vet for more than 25 years with two practices ” Coastal Veterinary Clinic and Pet Care Centre and Mandurah South Veterinary Clinic.

Some years ago, during the Mandurah Short Film Festival that the Read family helped instigate, he discovered he could sing and sing rather well.

Since then, he has been a familiar face in major roles in many productions in Mandurah, Pinjarra and Rockingham including Les Miserables, Spamalot and the annual fundraising Boil Family Christmas Spectacular at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre.

President of Murray Music and Drama Group in 2010 and 2011 and a committee member since 2006, he was also an invaluable backstage worker.

While in rehearsal, sometimes for more than one show at a time, he would often be busy at home on construction of sets and props.

He built many of the sets for local theatrical productions, as well as floats for Mandurah Community Christmas Pageant that won first prize at least twice.

Mr Read played guitar, was a talented impersonator, studied to become a registered builder and regularly joined in fun runs and charity swims. He also supported many charities.

‘Sean just loved doing things with and for people, especially his family and had a brilliant sense of humour,” said twin brother Warren.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said Sean Read was an energetic, positive and amazingly enthusiastic man who never knew how to say no.

‘He touched the lives of a great many people in the community in so many ways and will be remembered for his sense of humour, commitment, compassion and positive approach to life,” he said.

‘So many people count themselves fortunate to have known Sean, worked with him, performed with him or just enjoyed watching him in action.

‘He was a good friend and a truly remarkable man.”

In a tribute to Mr Read, the Independent Theatre Association said he would not be missed because his kindness and love would live on in the hearts of everyone he had touched.

He leaves his wife Tania and daughters Caris, Madison, Brodie and Elise.

The funeral will be held at Fremantle Cemetery at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday) followed by a wake at Pinjarra Civic Centre at 4pm.