THE Mandurah community is in mourning this week following the shock death of local vet and community theatre champion Sean Read.
Well known to many in the region for both his commanding - and often hilarious - stage presence, and his genuine love and care for animals, Sean's death has elicited an outpouring of grief and sympathy within the community.
"Such a wonderful man and a terrific vet," one person wrote on Facebook.
"Our community is much richer for having Sean be part of it, you will be sadly missed."
Another wrote, "[Sean] was such a generous, friendly, fun-loving guy. The theatre world will miss him tremendously".
Described as a 'true gentleman' by many, hundreds have paid their respects to Sean and offered sympathy to his family.
Long-time friend and often co-star David Templeman said
Sean was a unique and gifted man as well as a respected local businessman.
“People of all ages loved Sean’s approach to the care he gave to their pets and his willingness to go that extra mile to provide outstanding care and service to his clients,” he said.
“In so many ways Sean touched the lives of a great many people in our local community.
“He will be remembered for his sense of humour, commitment and compassion and his positive approach to life.
Sean, who was a vet for more than 25 years, will live on in people’s memories as a talented sportsman, a surfer and a lover of books and music as well as a much-loved husband and devoted father and good friend to many.
Both of Sean’s clinics, Coastal Veterinary Clinic and Pet Care Centre and Mandurah South Veterinary Hospital, will continue to operate under the guidance of his twin brother Warren and staff have promised to extend the same love and care to all animals as Sean did.
Sean’s family has asked that people donate to a charity of their choice in lieu of flowers and cards.