Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Farewell Brian Mills

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Farewell Brian Mills

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Byline: Harpo's Marks

I'VE been at this scribbling caper for 44 years and during that time have been fortunate a and unfortunate a to have met people from all walks of life.

Royalty, multi-millionaires, great sportsmen and women, politicians, paupers, scoundrels and some very dangerous human beings.

The good, the bad and the ugly.

Crikey, there could be a movie in that phrase.

Needless to say, I've spent much more time with the good, the good looking, average as well as the plain ugly a than with the bad a and in this game, that's plenty.

Which brings me to one of the very best men to have crossed my path during my six decades in this place.

Brian aThe Anta Mills was best known to sports fans as the right-hand man for the late and legendary sportswriter and boxing promoter, Bill aBlue Guma (forget that Break Even Bill crap!) Mordey, whose best mates, apart from The Ant were Messrs Jack Daniels and Nick O'Teen.

Sadly, I heard on the grapevine last week that The Ant had gone to that great boxing auditorium in the sky where he would have loved meeting up once again with Mordey and that doyen of boxing ringmasters, Ray Conroy, who, like Mordey, was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.

Brian was put to rest on the Gold Coast yesterday and a big turnout of folk a from revered sporting types to a range of scallywags a were on hand to bid him farewell and comfort his beloved wife, Maz.

He was here for 83 years and what a life he lived.

I last spoke to him a year ago at his Helensvale home when he had just returned from a doctor's appointment at which, he told me, he had been informed, awhen I can expect to throw tailsa.

aHe's given me two years at the most,a Brian said.

aI'm 82 and lucky to have got this far without being bumped off or being run over by a truck a another two years a I've no problems with that. …

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