Solved! Mystery ashes found on beach returned to family

THE mystery around a plaque and a cremation urn found on the shores of Maroochydore Beach has been solved, with the property to be returned to the family.

John A Flood's family contacted the Daily to advise the urn belonged "to a local lady and her young son who lost their nan in July".

The family has asked for their privacy to be respected.

"They went to a great deal of trouble and expense to get her (the nan's) husband's ashes from a crematorium in Sydney so they could be together again," a spokesman said.

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Rookwood Memorial Gardens and Crematorium had initially been responsible for Mr Flood's cremation after his death, at the age of 46, on April 9, 1990.

Communication manager Karl Wolfenden said Mr Flood's cremation had been performed at Rockwood.

He was known to have lived in the Belara area, but on instructions of the family his ashes were sent to the Sunshine Coast.

The family said Mr Flood's ashes, along with his wife's, who had lived with her daughter and grandson at Maroochydore, were scattered at a "paddle-out recently at Maroochydore Beach at John's wife's request".

"It was a beautiful ceremony with those who couldn't paddle watching from the beach," a spokesman said.

"After the scattering, as they were paddling in, John's urn was accidentally dropped in the ocean and attempts to retrieve it were unsuccessful as the water was too deep and it was quite heavy."

This would explain why the urn was found empty and with a hole in it.

"The family took this as a sign that it was meant to be, as there was no plaque for his wife as her passing was very recent," the spokesman said.

"John's wife was a very private person and she would be absolutely mortified at the media attention this has caused.

"The urn will be returned to the rightful owner via Gregson and Weight Funeral Directors."

Shaela McRae, who discovered the urn while walking her dog on Sunday, said she was grateful she would be able to send the urn home.



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