Rueben Barnes is being remembered by his friends and family.
Rueben Barnes is being remembered by his friends and family.

Skate memorial for Rueben on Monday

RUEBEN Barnes is being remembered by what he loved to do best - skateboarding.

The Rockhampton teen, aged 16, died on November 18, 2009 when he was electrocuted while installing roofing insulation.

Four years on and his friends and family still remember everything about their much-loved friend and brother.

"He loved skating and had so many mates through that," his sister Jindee said.

His love of skating will be remembered at a memorial at the Rockhampton Skate Park on Monday.

Rueben's sister spoke of her brother's love for the sport and for building.

"He loved building and that's why he started his building apprenticeship," Jindee said.

"He was always building things at our house and he even built his own bedroom.

"He had great work ethic and wanted to be a builder his whole life; walking around with a hammer since the age of three, banging on anything he could."

Jindee said she and her siblings take time on the anniversary of Rueben's death to remember their beloved brother.

"We do something every year; we let go lanterns in the sky," Jindee said.

"We miss him every single day; he's still so special to us.

"He had grown into such a good person. He loved to skate and hang out with his friends."

Rueben's family and friends will pay tribute to him with the memorial.

"He had so many friends here and really touched everyone in his short life," Jindee said.

Everyone is welcome at the memorial event which will include skate competitions, a barbecue and live music.

Rueben's Skate Memorial

  • Monday at 5pm
  • Rockhampton Skate Park
  • Skate competitions, barbecue, live music


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