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February 25, 2021

Memorial bench for the angel of the waiting room

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Jacquie Lute's son Mathew Lute (with dog Gypsy) and friends Tahlia Loughnan and Annie Radermacher who plan to place a memorial bench for Jacquie at Brunswick Heads. Photo Eve Jeffery
Jacquie Lute’s son Mathew Lute (with dog Gypsy) and friends Tahlia Loughnan and Annie Radermacher who plan to place a memorial bench for Jacquie at Brunswick Heads. Photo Eve Jeffery

Eve Jeffery

Jacqui Lute was a well-known personality around the Byron Shire. Jacqui was a smiling face to greet many a patient in her work as a medical receptionist, most recently at North Coast Medical Centre and Brunswick Heads Medical Centre. Jacqui also worked at Ocean Shores Country Club for many years and lived in Ocean Shores for around 20 years.

Sadly a day of celebration turned into one of tragedy for Jacqui’s family when she collapsed while dancing to one of her favourite bands, Oka, on Australia Day. Jacqui suffered from a severe brain aneurysm and sadly passed away on Monday January 27.

Jacqui touched the heart of many people and a group of those near and dear, along with some local artists, are creating a mosaic bench in her honour.

‘The project is called “Remember Me” and is in remembrance of our friend and work colleague’, says friend Tahlia. ‘The bench, which her friends led by artist Annie Radermacher are designing and creating, will be a place for anyone to sit and reflect on those we have loved and who have died.’

The Brunswick Heads Hotel will put on a concert, featuring Oka, on Thursday April 24. The family friendly event will run from 6-10pm and tickets are $10, kids 16 and under free.

‘Even though this is a project in honour of Jacqui it is for all in the community,’ says Tahlia.

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