Family grieves for five lost in Bruce Hwy crash near Howard
HUNDREDS of mourners packed into a chapel near Ipswich to bid an emotional farewell to five victims of a horrific road tragedy.
Relatives and friends of Helen Walker, Robert and Lily Walker, as well as Elizabeth Walker and her partner Rex Laughton travelled from as far as Hervey Bay Queensland and southern NSW for the memorial service at Centenary Memorial Gardens yesterday.
The five family members were killed when the Toyota Prado that Mr Walker was driving and a semi-trailer collided on the Bruce Hwy near Maryborough on September 30.
Among those to pay their respects were Mr and Mrs Walker's son Nathan, who not only lost his parents but also his grandmother, Helen, who was 97, and his aunt, Elizabeth, 62, and her partner, Rex Laughton, 74.
Accompanied at the lectern by his young daughter, Nathan bravely held back tears as he told the packed chapel that his parents and grandmother had provided him with lasting happy memories.
"Mum and dad raised me to be a good person and they were always there for us and the children," he said.
"Nan, you were our rock, I only had to ask and you would make it happen."
Long-time family friend, Paul Brown, spoke of how Robert, 65, and Lily, 62, had just built their beautiful new home in Forest Lake before the tragedy. He told their grieving son Nathan that he "still had an Uncle Paul to call on" whenever he needed him.
Family members spoke at length of Mr Laughton's passion for classic cars - a love that he shared with his partner Elizabeth.
They settled in Hervey Bay and would regularly spend time with Helen, who lived an active life despite her age, going for regular walks - "at a cracking pace" - on the beach and playing lawn bowls.
The bagpipes played Amazing Grace as mourners laid wreaths at the coffins.