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March 11, 2020
RIETH Homer Manfred A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Homer Manfred Rieth will take place at the Minyip Hall on Saturday March 14, commencing at 12noon. Privately cremated.



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March 13, 2020
RIETH HOMER Poet, philosopher, lecturer Minyip Philosophical Society 2011 - 2019 In March 2011, Homer advertised in the Lions Minyip Community Newsletter, a short course of twelve weeks in Classical Philosophy, to contribute to the range of pursuits and activities in the community. This 'short course' during which Homer lectured every Friday at 11am in the Minyip Memorial Hall from February to December, continued for the next eight years. Within the first year, the original membership of 6 grew to about 12, and at the beginning of 2019 membership was in the order of 30 plus. In January 2019, Homer formally retired but continued to advise and contribute from time to time as a valued friend and resident of Minyip. The MPS was unique and remarkable. The society brought together a broad range of individuals with diverse experience and a richness of lifetime endeavours. Members travelled substantial distances from as far away as Benalla, Nhill, St Arnaud, Stuart Mill, Geelong, and the wider Wimmera District. Members would bring relatives and friends to lectures, including interstate and international visitors. Homer's lectures were rich in content and explored the earliest records of philosophical thought through the classical period, the medieval world, and into the modern era of the Twentieth Century and Postmodernist trends of the Twenty First Century. Homer blended his vast knowledge of Philosophy, History, Geography, Religion, Literature, Economics and the Sciences together with personal insights in order to pass on skills and knowledge used in the study and practise of philosophy. Homer insisted that people not only 'do' philosophy but "be" philosophers. Humour and goodwill were features of Homer's lectures. The exploration of ideas included many intriguing deviations and digressions from the subject at hand. These were known to the group as "warrens'. Besides leading Philosophy, Homer, as writer and poet, paid tribute to his town and region in the epic poem, 'Wimmera' and in a second epic poem, 'The Garden of Earth," about the past and future of Australian rivers. Both epics are published, along with Homer's other poetry, by Black Pepper, Melbourne, Australia. Homer (and the MPS) featured in documentaries on ABC Radio National compiled by author, journalist, poet and broadcaster, Mike Ladd, in the programs "Poetica" and "Earshot." Members and friends of the MPS express their utmost gratitude, respect and admiration for Homer's intellectual leadership and his scholarly presentations. Homer's legacy is rich knowledge in the vast study of philosophy, expanded insight, and improved skills in conceptual thinking. Homer also gave us a great reading list to last a lifetime. Vale Homer. You are certainly in our hears and especially in our minds..

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