Together for eternity
By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY
ZACHARY and Ashley Leto will spend eternity in a loving embrace.
The father and daughter were put to rest yesterday holding each other in the same coffin.
The 48-year-old ambulance officer and his three-year-old daughter were tragically killed in a car accident near Cooroy two weeks ago. Yesterday, a funeral service was held at the Uniting Church in Yeppoon.
More than 500 friends, family and co-workers crammed into the church to mourn the loss of their friend.
Reporters were also invited.
Widow Louise Leto did not want the service to be "dull or morbid'', but a celebration of two precious lives.
"I was blessed with two special, magic people and I wouldn't change a second of it,'' she said during the ceremony.
"Zac lived a life jam-packed full of good times.''
Mrs Leto, who is now pregnant, said her new baby would always know what Mr Leto stood for.
She also said his kindness, sense of humour and dedication to his job would always be remembered. "Zac was a man who lived for his job,'' she said. "He had a real thirst for knowledge.''
Friends and co-workers also spoke at the funeral. Through tear-filled eyes, they shared memories of Mr Leto. "Many people owe their life to Zac,'' said paramedic John Eden during the ceremony.
"His memory will live on forever.''
A guard of honour was held at the end of the service.
Ambulance staff from around Central Queensland lined the street in front of the church, as an ambulance carrying the coffin slowly passed.