Heads are bowed as Shaun is remembered.
Heads are bowed as Shaun is remembered.

Cathedral packed for farewell

AT TIMES tearful, touching and emotionally charged, Shaun Kelly's funeral was a powerful testament to his popularity yesterday.

St Joseph's Cathedral was packed as family, friends and colleagues gathered to say a final farewell to the WIN Television broadcaster who was killed last week as he drove to start a new life in Canberra.

Various members of the congregation wore red and white outfits, while others donned red and white scarves, to reflect Shaun's devotion to the St George Illawarra Dragons.

And a recording of a football crowd singing the sporting anthem You'll Never Walk Alone was played as the coffin was solemnly removed from the cathedral.

Many wept as they remembered the talented Rocky television sports reporter who became WIN's state director of news.

Shaun, who was only 46, was married to Trish at the cathedral and his daughter, Bridget, was baptised there in 2008.

His coffin was draped with a white baptismal robe on which was placed a golf club, cap and shirt by friends from Rockhampton Golf Club, a photograph of Shaun in a Dragons' shirt, a red and white flower arrangement and a set of rosary beads.

In the eulogy, former WIN News sports reporter Gary Foale said Shaun had excelled at soccer as a boy and had a love of all sports.

He had been a boarder at St Brendan's College, Yeppoon and stayed on as a housemaster there while studying at Central Queensland University.

Shaun had spells as a teacher, banker and with a legal firm before beginning a stellar broadcasting career as a volunteer on local radio.

"When he moved to WIN Television in Rockhampton as a sports reporter he earned a reputation as a perfectionist who insisted on doing a first-class job."

Mr Foale described Shaun as a fun-loving, happy-go-lucky man who loved a game of golf at the weekend and was a doting dad.

He had developed deep and lasting friendships, he said.

The funeral was attended by numerous former colleagues as well as friends he had made throughout the region's sporting codes.

He was laid to rest in the Memorial Gardens in Nerimbera.

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