The death of much-loved Brisbane and Sunshine Coast gay identity Graham Relph, widely known as Gracie, has seen an outpouring of grief from family, friends and the LGBTIQ community.
The joy Gracie (pictured above, left) brought to people during his life is evidenced by the anguish expressed by people from every stage of his life.
Gracie passed away in hospital in Bali on Friday at the beginning of a trip there, his home away from home.
Longtime friend Jeff Collins (pictured right), who Gracie was visiting in Bali, paid tribute to Gracie’s kindness and friendship.
“It is with the saddest of hearts that I say farewell to one of the most beautiful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” he said.
“Graham Relph, ‘Gracie’ as he was lovingly known by all, passed away in hospital in Bali.
“I will remember with fondness and love the friendship we had, and the laughs we shared over the years.”
Many people remember Gracie for the friendly welcome he extended as one of the local scene’s most iconic bar hosts, including at former Fortitude Valley venue Terminus Nightclub, and for his constant good cheer.
In a memorable stunt, he once arrived at a Queen’s Birthday Ball on horseback.
In recent years he lived on the Sunshine Coast with his dear friend Danny Dowley.
Gracie’s sister Belinda Ninnes took to Facebook to thank everyone for their kind words and support.
“I cannot explain the depth of my loss. I can assure you all that once we have things in place we will endeavour to let you all know,” she wrote.
“I’m still in Bali and I’m looking forward to bringing my wonderful brother home. Please take care of each other. Life is short!”
Memorial gatherings are being planned for the Sunshine Coast and the Sportsman Hotel in Brisbane, with more details to be announced soon.