Nine-year-old killed in car crash farewelled at Nambour

The wreck of the car the boy had been travelling in.
The wreck of the car the boy had been travelling in. Mike Richards GLA081013FATL

HE was a "handsome little fella" who loved riding his scooter, playing footy, and playing with his brothers, sisters and cousins.

The nine-year-old boy killed in a crash at Bororen, near Gladstone, on October 8 was remembered fondly by family and friends at a funeral service at Nambour's Flametree Church on Thursday.

"I'll miss being naughty with you," wrote one friend on the back of a drawing of the indigenous flag placed on the boy's coffin.

A friend and church-goer, Allan Palmer, said he had been won over by the big, dark eyes and wide smile of the little boy who always loved a hug.

"He would always, and I mean always, come up for a hug," Mr Palmer said. "He would come up and pull your hands apart and sit on your lap.

"Those sorts of things are worth more than a pay rise or an overseas holiday."

Indigenous dancers performed three songs, including the boy's favourite, between Bible readings, and his father's family sang in tribute before the coffin was carried from the church.

One of his little brothers, badly hurt in the crash, attended the service in a wheelchair.

Several people in the church recorded the service on mobile phones and iPads for relatives who could not be present.

The boy's father is understood to have been unable to attend the service because of a lockdown at Woodford prison over a measles outbreak.

Pastor Joel Baker asked God to give the family strength to navigate the difficult days ahead.

Gregson and Weight covered the costs of the boy's funeral, but a donation tin was available for mourners who wanted to contribute to the welfare of his mother and siblings.

The Daily has chosen to respect indigenous protocols by not publishing the boy's name.

Topics:  bororen fatality funeral nambour

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