BRIGITTE MAHLER MILLS
31st January 1956 -
8th January 2018
Favourite photo of the family some years
Our dear Biggi died on Monday evening, January 8th at 6:15pm,
surrounded by love. Her boys, Justin and Anthony, and Andrew were with
her at North Shore Hospital where she passed away very peacefully
listening to the music of Gurramul, one of her favourite artists.
Sadly, she was not at home in Lovett Bay as she had wanted, but her
ashes will be scattered on her beloved Pittwater in the future.
There will be a celebration of Biggi’s life on Sunday February 18th at
her home in Frog Hollow, Lovett Bay.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for catering
purposes and let us know if you will be catching the special ferry to
Lovett Bay departing from Newport Wharf.
Details will be provided closer to the date..
The West Pittwater Community has lost a champion. Many will know that
on Monday evening (8 January 2018, 3 weeks before her 62nd birthday)
Brigitte Mahler-Mills peacefully passed away. She was with family and
the haunting and beautiful sounds of Dr Yunupingu. She will be missed
by many and the community’s deep condolences go to Andrew, Anthony and
Justin and the wider family and to all who knew her.
The family called her Biggi – some called her Briggie (or Briggy) – in
messages she was Brigitte or just B. We knew with whom we were
B was the email queen. In 2003 she was elected to the committee of the
West Pittwater Community Association and remained there (with a couple
of brief absences) until the end. She immediately engaged herself and
made her mark by improving communications – the provision of
information and the exchange of ideas – among community members and
made positive suggestions for spreading information more effectively.
She fed a constant stream of helpful suggestions for improvements to
the way things are done. She hosted committee meetings in Frog Hollow.
A suggestion from 2004 that shows B’s dedication to service of the
* one thing to consider : how not to
lose the valuable link to the community that was established last year
when individual committee members were assigned to be the contact
person for their designated areas. The big advantage being that at
short notice we can act efficiently whenever community action is
required without putting the burden on just a couple of people
- as evidenced at the recent petition against the rental
B constantly spurred committee members to action and there is a long
electronic trail to prove it.
The Baywatch magazine had been running for some time, but in early 2004
B produced (by email) the first “Lovett Bay – News”, a message service
for her local community. It was the forerunner of BaysNews, which B
tirelessly produced and distributed (with a break or two, especially
while the West Pittwater Community website was developing) from 28
November 2004 until the end. This was a pioneering venture that
required considerable skill and effort and B is to be commended and
thanked for devising this way of keeping people informed and in touch –
and for keeping it up through thick and thin. B had other work to do
and there were many demands on her time.
B was also a member of the floating Christmas Choir – right up to
On 16 December 2017 B was an enthusiastic protester, with about 60
others, against the sneaky activities on the Pasadena site.
Brigitte was a strong, quietly engaging woman who made an impact on all
who knew her. She was intellectually restless and positive. She looked
for ways to break down barriers and she was industrious and effective
in her work. We have been privileged to know her and will feel her
loss. She would no doubt hope (as do we) that the ideas she pursued so
strongly will be picked up and carried forward by others.
West Pittwater Community